(AllHipHop News) The Missouri Senate is debating over county sales tax collections. On Monday, Democrat Maria Chappelle-Nadal of St Louis began filibustering an amendment to proposed legislation that would allow voters in unincorporated areas of St. Louis County to impose a sales tax for salary increases for the St. Louis County Police Department.
Chappelle-Nadal delayed the vote on the measure for more than 40 minutes by reading 50 Cent’s book The 50th Law. The senator is attempting to halt salary increases on the police force until her constituents see more reforms in policing practices.
“I do not trust our current leadership whatsoever,” said Chappelle-Nadal. “The people I represent have no confidence in this leadership.”
Following the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in 2014, The U.S. Justice Department issued a report that concluded the Ferguson Police Department practices were shaped by revenue rather than by public safety needs. That report also stated a disproportionate number of arrests, tickets, and use of force occur from unlawful bias and stereotypes about African-Americans.
County Police Chief Jon Belmar told a Missouri House committee the added tax money could help boost hiring on the force. He argued if there had been two officers in the car the day Brown was killed the situation may have ended differently.
For the meantime, Chappelle-Nadal achieved her goal. The legislation remains stalled in the Senate. A similar tax bill passed the Missouri House on Monday.