ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – University City and St. Louis City promise to send in the cavalry, less than a day after a parade of the Delmar Loop’s biggest fans begged for reinforcements in a battle against rising violence.
City Manager Lehman Walker vows to nip the disruptions in the bud immediately.
“We’ll be doubling our efforts. We’ll be doubling the number of officers,” he said.
St. Louis, for its part, is preparing to set-up a substation and in the meantime will have mobile trailers to hold troublemakers. Officers from Washington University and Metro Transit will be on the street as well.
Business owners shared their horror stories at Monday night’s meeting of the U. City Council. They expressed frustration with the level of police presence, which was four officers last Friday and five last Saturday. They say customers are now afraid to patronize their stores and restaurants.
Walker believes the troubled youth are coming from elsewhere, mostly via MetroLink, and he said social media is partly to blame.
“Ten or twenty years ago you didn’t have this problem. Now, everybody’s got a cell phone and they are able to communicate with each other and say ‘we’re meeting at such and such a place’ and get together very quickly.”
University City’s Council will soon consider adding surveillance cameras and extending an already-in-place curfew.
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