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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Hours after a St. Louis Metropolitan Police Sergeant was shot in the Central West End, Mayor Francis Slay spoke out about gun violence within the city.

“How bold some of these individuals, some of these criminals are in the city, and this level of boldness should be of high concern to everyone, everybody,” said Mayor Slay.

The mayor said there is far too much gun violence throughout the city. He also said it is too easy for criminals to get a hold of various types of weapons.

“Gun violence is unacceptable, it’s outrageous and it’s something that we, not just as a city but as a society need to be doing more to address,” Mayor Slay said.

Mayor Slay said police are working very hard to catch the perpetrators but it is difficult when those who have information about the crimes will not cooperate.

While talking to News 4, the mayor commended the police department and said he is worried about the safety of officers throughout the city.  

“I’m the mayor of this city, I take responsibility for this and we are going to continue our efforts to do all we can within the disciplines that we have and positions that we are in to address these things head on,” said Mayor Slay. “We have one of the best police departments, best trained officers in the entire country. We are very, very proud of them.”

When asked about putting more officers on the street, Mayor Slay said he would continue to push for more officers. He said the city needs about 160 new cops. He urged the Board of Aldermen to act so it could be added to the November ballot.

The mayor told News 4 he recently received an e-mail from the Major Cities Chief Association regarding a summit that will address the increase in crime across the United States. He hopes the summit will help agencies across the nation in discussing

“We need help, we need help from the state government, we need help from the federal government, and we also need help from the prosecutors and judges too,” Mayor Slay said. 

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