(KMOV.com) – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said the City of St. Louis can use several strategies to reduce the level of violent crime.
Slay’s comments come after 6 murders occurred in a 13 hour period. Slay said the city needs to hire more officers and wants to create a special gun court where those who commit gun crimes are given stiff sentences. Slay believes many judges hand out light sentences to armed criminals.
“According to the University of Missouri’s Department of Criminology, 63 percent of all gun related convictions in the city resulted in probation. Nearly 2/3 of suspects convicted of gun crimes in the city did not serve jail time. They received a slap on the wrist,” Slay said.
Slay also said crime has increased since August, 2014 when protests and unrest in Ferguson began. Slay believes more police resources were devoted to protests and not to regular policing.
According to Slay, violent crime in Cincinnati rose many years ago after a controversial police shooting in that city that was similar to the Michael Brown shooting. Slay said it took several years for the violent crime rate in Cincinnati to drop.