From Conservative Brief:
Two police deputies from St. Louis have been terminated for working as private security for Missouri Rep. Cori Bush.
Bush, who has famously called for “defunding the police,” has had her own private security detail, but these two deputies had been previously warned not to act as her security sans filling out the proper paperwork, KMOV 4 reported.
Recent federal filings show she’s spent $70,000 in campaign funds since taking office for private security services. Back in April, Bush, St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones and other notables took a tour of the city’s jails. News 4 obtained surveillance video from the tours and along with all others, two security guards were there to protect Bush: Tylance Jackson and Maurice Thompson.
Also there that day was St. Louis Sheriff Vernon Betts who told News 4 he was surprised to see the two security guards because they also worked for him. The sheriff told News 4 Jackson and Thompson violated policy by not getting approval to work a secondary shift as security guards. He said the two were warned not to do it again but several weeks later, he said his office was called by the VA police in Jefferson Barracks who said the two men were again providing security for Bush.
The sheriff also said he was concerned because neither Jackson or Thompson have current individual private security licenses to work in the city. News 4 has verified this. Given the multiple violations, the sheriff said he fired the two deputies.
“I do feel that the hand that was dealt to us was unfair and unjust,” Jackson argued. “You let us go, but you still have a plethora of individuals doing that but you don’t say anything.”
Jackson said he believes that the sheriff had another motive for dismissing them.
“Because of the client we worked for and we didn’t push the agenda of the sheriff on the client.” He said, “You do not need a security license to do executive protection because if I hire you to protect me, I am paying you out of pocket. You don’t need a license for that.”
But in an interview Betts, a Democrat, said he did not fire the two deputies because of who they are doing security for, The New York Post reported.
“I didn’t fire them for working security for Cori Bush,” he said. “I fired them for not following proper procedures for working secondary. So they just happened to be working for Cori Bush. Doing what they did, they would have gotten fired no matter who they were working for.”
Bush made headlines this month when she insisted that she needs personal security as she called for defunding the police and last week on CNN she defended her position.
“I think what we have to look at is the fact that I made it to Congress in 2020, I was elected to Congress, and we are still fighting this same fight. We’re still fighting to save black lives. That was not – that work was not done before I got here,” she said in the interview.
“This is the reason why I ran, was to save lives, to save my son’s life,” she said as she did not answer the question with a straight answer.
She defended her previous comments, blamed Democrats for having a messaging issue and said inaction by Congress has cost people their lives.
“So, I don’t believe – as far as my – as far as my colleagues, I absolutely empathize. I empathize,” the Congresswoman said.
“But you know what? The same thing that the Republicans will do, which is figure out how to work with this on the comms spaces, that’s what we have to do,” she said.
She was asked if the Democrat Party had a messaging issue, to which she said “no,” but her answer appeared to indicate otherwise.
“No, I’m saying that we can also – that that’s another way that you can tackle this,” the Congresswoman said.
“You have to tackle it from more than one place. We have to work on what we want to say, what is our message, but then we also have to understand that we have to save lives too,” she said. “I’m here to stand up for my community.”
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