ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Missouri State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed took to the streets of St. Louis to listen to her constituents Wednesday. She called it her bus tour, where she took the Metro to all parts of the city to have conversations about what's plaguing the community.
The tour follows Sen. Nasheed asking Gov. Mike Parson to declare a “state of emergency” in the City of St. Louis to stop gun violence. Nasheed said there have been 79 homicides in the city since the beginning of 2018.
During the tour, News 4 caught up with Sen. Nasheed about the letter she wrote Gov. Parson.
"We are in a state of emergency. When you have murder day, after day, after day, men and women's bodies dropping to the ground, people are mentally disturbed that they're losing their family members. They're traumatized. So, we're saying we need a state of emergency when it comes to resources," Nasheed said.
Nasheed said it's going to take elected officials on the state level and the federal level to roll up their sleeves and get involved to help stop the killing in the St. Louis area.
In the letter to the governor, Nasheed stated the ‘state of emergency’ would give local enforcement and agencies the resources they need to address gun violence. She also "noted that in a single day police found a dead body in the street, a rolling gun battle caused a multi-car crash on I-70, and a man was shot to death outside a family pizza restaurant in broad daylight."
According to the St. Louis Police Department, as of Monday, there have been 77 homicides in the city. At the same time last year there were reportedly 88.
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