Last week former boxing heavyweight champion, Leon Spinks, departed the planet. Spinks was a product of the St. Louis projects and boxing phenom who beat Muhammad Ali in 1978.

Leon had a number of run-ins with the SLMPD. These would usually include him being intoxicated and obnoxious.

One such incident involved Leon being himself at one of the more exclusive downtown hotels. Since he was causing such a ruckus the cops were summoned and asked to remove him from the bar.

The 2 cops approached him and asked him to leave or be arrested. Leon straightened up, clenched his fists and asked the cops if they knew who he was. One of the Officers replied and said we know who you are and respect your boxing abilities. We will not trade punches with you we will merely shoot you. After a short deliberation Mr. Spinks picked up his coat and calmly left the bar. Passing the cops he said…”Thanks fellas.”

Problem solved.




Published by Ken Dye

Having grown up in Missouri, Ken Dye graduated from Northeastern Missouri State University (now Truman State University) and served his country. When he returned to St. Louis, he joined the St. Louis County Police Department and served in the tactical operations unit, as an undercover narcotics and homicide detective, and with the intelligence bureaus. After 13 years, he moved to Chicago to work with the Illinois Criminal Justice Authority. He is the author of three books: two crime novels, Shadow of the Arch and Beyond the Shadow of the Arch and Michael Brown, Jr. didn’t have to die, a non-fiction narrative. For more information about the author, visit www.KenJDye.com.

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