State sending troopers to help fight St. Louis crime

2 months 2 weeks 1 day ago Thursday, September 19 2019 Sep 19, 2019 Thursday, September 19, 2019 7:29:00 PM CDT September 19, 2019 in News
By: Jim Salter, The Associated Press
loading

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is sending highway patrol troopers and other state workers to St. Louis as part of an effort to fight the surge of violent crime that has included the killings of more than a dozen children in the region so far this year.

The Republican governor on Thursday announced an action plan that takes effect Oct. 1. Parson said the total cost of the state's commitment, including the 25 state employees who will work in the St. Louis region, is up to $4 million.

"This is about targeting violent criminals and getting them off the street," Parson said at a news conference in St. Louis.

Troopers will patrol interstate highways and assist with U.S. Marshals Service and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that focus on violent criminals. The state is also providing investigators to help with federal crime cases and social workers to assist crime victims. Parson said his plan also includes $2 million in state funds for services to help crime victims.

The plan does not include any change in gun laws, something St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson and other Democrats have called for. Parson said it would be up to the Missouri Legislature to change gun laws but reiterated his staunch support for citizens' gun rights.

St. Louis has long had one of the nation's highest murder rates, and the 144 homicides so far in 2019 are on pace to top last year's total of 186. Particularly troubling this year is the fact that 11 of the victims were children , and two other child deaths are still being investigated as "suspicious." All of the child victims and the vast majority of adult victims were black in a city that's about evenly split between black and white residents.

Parson's plan addresses violence in St. Louis County, too. St. Louis County has recorded 37 homicides this year, one fewer than the same time a year ago. St. Louis County has reported two child homicides so far in 2019.

The Rev. Darryl Gray, one of 15 faith leaders who met Thursday with Parson, said the group is encouraged that Parson understands the gravity of the violence, not only in Missouri but in Kansas City, Springfield and other places.

"I think he feels the urgency," Gray said. "He understands that this is a crisis, not just for the black community but for Missouri."

Kansas City's homicide rate also is on the rise. Parson's spokeswoman, Kelli Jones, said that while the governor has met with Kansas City officials to discuss the crime problem there, he has no plans for a similar action plan in Kansas City.

House Minority Leader Crystal Quade of Springfield said Parson's plan "does nothing for Kansas City or rural areas affected by increases in gun-related suicides and local violence." Quade, in a statement, said the proposal fails to address "Missouri's dangerously weak gun laws."

St. Louis-area Democrats want the city of St. Louis to be able to require permits for concealed weapons. State law requires no permit, and the law does not allow local jurisdictions to impose stricter gun laws than the state law.

Krewson said at the news conference that the city also is spending more money to fight crime, investing $500,000 in a program called "Cure Violence" that treats crime like a public health crisis and another $1.5 million for violence prevention efforts. St. Louis County is pledging more officers to man the region's MetroLink light rail system.

More News

Grid
List
CAMDEN COUNTY - Prosecutors filed charges on November 27 against a man deputies say committed numerous child sex crimes. ... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, December 03 2019 Dec 3, 2019 Tuesday, December 03, 2019 12:34:00 PM CST December 03, 2019 in Continuous News
Kamala Harris is ending her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. She told supporters in an email Tuesday... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, December 03 2019 Dec 3, 2019 Tuesday, December 03, 2019 12:13:00 PM CST December 03, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Interest in medical marijuana use has far outpaced expectations only five months into Missouri’s new program.... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, December 03 2019 Dec 3, 2019 Tuesday, December 03, 2019 12:10:00 PM CST December 03, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA— Holiday season is around the corner and it is of no surprise that the Columbia Post Office is seeing... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, December 03 2019 Dec 3, 2019 Tuesday, December 03, 2019 11:28:00 AM CST December 03, 2019 in News
COOPER COUNTY - Authorities spent the better part of Tuesday and Wednesday searching an area of the Lamine River for... More >>
2 days ago Tuesday, December 03 2019 Dec 3, 2019 Tuesday, December 03, 2019 6:41:00 AM CST December 03, 2019 in News
(CNN) -- In September, India's historic attempt for a soft landing of their spacecraft and rover, the Chandrayaan-2 Vikram lander,... More >>
2 days ago Tuesday, December 03 2019 Dec 3, 2019 Tuesday, December 03, 2019 5:05:00 AM CST December 03, 2019 in News
NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders met Monday with baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred to discuss MLB’s proposal... More >>
2 days ago Tuesday, December 03 2019 Dec 3, 2019 Tuesday, December 03, 2019 4:42:15 AM CST December 03, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - December marks the beginning of the Christmas season and the Governor's Mansion in Jefferson City is already... More >>
2 days ago Monday, December 02 2019 Dec 2, 2019 Monday, December 02, 2019 11:33:00 PM CST December 02, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - School policies that have sparked heated opposition among Columbia parents of students with disabilities could be... More >>
2 days ago Monday, December 02 2019 Dec 2, 2019 Monday, December 02, 2019 11:05:00 PM CST December 02, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Missouri football is in need of a new head coach after MU Athletic Director Jim Sterk fired Barry... More >>
2 days ago Monday, December 02 2019 Dec 2, 2019 Monday, December 02, 2019 9:54:00 PM CST December 02, 2019 in Sports
AUDRAIN COUNTY - The Moreland family is celebrating after their device known as The Frog won an award in Paris... More >>
2 days ago Monday, December 02 2019 Dec 2, 2019 Monday, December 02, 2019 9:38:00 PM CST December 02, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri State Highway Patrol dealt with nine fatalities and three drownings over the Thanksgiving holiday. The... More >>
2 days ago Monday, December 02 2019 Dec 2, 2019 Monday, December 02, 2019 6:58:00 PM CST December 02, 2019 in News
OSAGE BEACH - The Missouri Department of Transportation said one lane of Eastbound State Highway 54 and Eastbound ramp to... More >>
2 days ago Monday, December 02 2019 Dec 2, 2019 Monday, December 02, 2019 6:11:00 PM CST December 02, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - International Giving Tuesday is taking over mid-Missouri for the eighth year in a row. Giving Tuesday ,... More >>
2 days ago Monday, December 02 2019 Dec 2, 2019 Monday, December 02, 2019 5:11:00 PM CST December 02, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A Boone County prosecutor filed charges against Sutu Forté Monday afternoon. Forté has been charged with one... More >>
2 days ago Monday, December 02 2019 Dec 2, 2019 Monday, December 02, 2019 4:23:00 PM CST December 02, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A new partnership between Columbia Public Schools and Moberly Area Community College could ease the financial burden that... More >>
2 days ago Monday, December 02 2019 Dec 2, 2019 Monday, December 02, 2019 4:09:00 PM CST December 02, 2019 in News
CAMDEN COUNTY - Police arrested three individuals Sunday morning after two search warrants resulted in a large amount of illegal... More >>
2 days ago Monday, December 02 2019 Dec 2, 2019 Monday, December 02, 2019 4:01:00 PM CST December 02, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA- Former Mizzou football coach Gary Pinkel reacted to news that his successor Barry Odom has been fired from the... More >>
2 days ago Monday, December 02 2019 Dec 2, 2019 Monday, December 02, 2019 1:03:00 PM CST December 02, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 34°
9am 40°
10am 44°
11am 48°
12pm 50°