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City leaders call for peace, calm in St. Louis

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Community leaders joined to issue a call for peace and calm in the City of St. Louis Thursday after a night of violent unrest.

Mayor Francis Slay and Police Chief Sam Dotson met with members of The St. Louis Metropolitan Clergy Coalition in a press conference Thursday afternoon, to address the unrest following a fatal police-involved shooting in north St. Louis.

"We are here as a community, clergy, the alderman, the police department, members of the community standing together to call for peace and calm when it is needed most," said Slay during the meeting.

Demonstrators and police clashed after an officer shot and killed 18-year-old Mansur Ball-Bey while executing a search warrant. Authorities said Ball-Bey pointed a gun at the officer who fired shots.

Nine protesters were arrested, after a car and several businesses were set on fire.

During the presser, Alderman Samuel Moore said the city is not allocating enough resources to his ward, where the fatal shooting happened.

"There is no visibility, there is no stability, and there is no patrolling, and [criminals] feel they have the opportunity to do what they want to do," said Moore.

However, Dotson said hot spot policing and extra resources have been brought into the ward.

"Police are just one aspect of it," said Dotson. "Education, jobs, employment, health services, mental health services -- all of that has to come together."

Clergy members said unity and accountability are essential right now.

"It's not going to stop, unless there's great dialogue. And the dialogue is that everyone is at fault," said one clergy member.

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