Repeat offenders frustrate St. Louis police -

Repeat offenders frustrate St. Louis police


St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom wants repeat offenders to get more jail time.  One case highlights why.  Last week, undercover police officers pursuing a stolen truck fatally shot two suspects police say were reaching for weapons.

News Four has learned four of the occupants of that truck have lengthy arrest records, including convictions for assault, stealing, possession, and distribution of drugs.  If you count arrests that didn't lead to convictions, add murder, robbery, burglary, child abuse, assault on law enforcement, and fraud.

"There was a report about break-ins downtown.  The day after, we arrested a man who had forty felony arrests and thirty felony convictions." said Chief Isom.

In August, Deangleo Tate was arrested for allegedly shooting Shevette Chambers five times at the Eat Rite Diner downtown, killing her.

It wasn't Tate's first arrest for murder.  In May of last year, he was accused of shooting Mark Murphy eight times, killing him.  Bond was originally set at three hundred thousand dollars cash.  Then, it was reduced.  Tate made bond and was on the street when Chambers was killed.

Chief Isom says he's trying to work with other components of the justice system, like the Circuit Attorney's Office, to get repeat offenders off the street.

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