Protests in St. Louis may make it difficult to give police officers in the city raises. St. Louis residents are being asked to vote for a half-cent tax increase to give pay raises to members of the police department, but protests over the acquittal of a former police officer who shot and killed a man might make the raise difficult to pass. The St. Louis Police Department is facing criticism and lawsuits over handling of protests. Officers have been accused of violating the rights of non-violent protestors. The city’s mayor says investing in the city’s police department is essential for bettering the department.