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So usually I don't focus on small town drama but this was too good to pass up.
The new mayor of Kinloch, a suburb of St. Louis, who won the election with 2/3 of the vote on April 7, has been locked out of City Hall by the administration she is replacing. Betty McCray was confronted by 20 police officers as she tried to enter the building and was told that she had been impeached and that she had been served impeachment papers for voter fraud. Which doesn't make any sense because she hasn't taken office yet AND even if she had taken office, being impeached does NOT remove an official from office on it's own. She was also told that she had been served impeachment papers which were "in the mail," but she hadn't received them yet.
About a day later, when the lawyers realized that impeachment didn't make any sense, they claimed they misspoke an said that McCray was 'suspended' and not impeached.
Out of curiosity I looked into a little bit more and found that this town has a long history of corruption which has drive the population down from 3000 in 1980 to just 298 of today. Wire Fraud, witness tampering, bribery, tax evasion, receiving stolen property and every other money related crime have all been levied against elected officials. Apparently, someone even sold City Hall itself to a local salvage yard.
Another interesting thing that caught my eye was that 20 police officers were at city hall to stop the mayor-elect. So in a town of 298, at least 20 of them are law-enforcement. This means that this town has AT LEAST 1 cop for every 14.9 citizens. That is a stronger ratio than just about every public school's teacher to student ratio, which I think comes out to somewhere around 1:29. Where does all the money come from the pay all these people.
Anyway, minor story but just really intriguing.