Missouri Rep. Genise Montecillo, D-Affton, has been on a singular mission for months to restrict access to certain police records, not because it’s in the public’s best interests but because it fits her personal agenda.
She wants the entire public kept in the dark whenever anyone in Missouri commits or attempts suicide. It’s a private matter and simply not the public’s business, she suggests. Except that it actually is the public’s business, especially when a person who attempts suicide is an elected official like Montecillo.
We don’t want to appear callous regarding the history of childhood abuse that contributed to Montecillo’s suicide attempt last year. But for her to assert that the public had no interest and no right to know about the near death of a state legislator is absurd. Continue…