ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – It looked like an invasion of blue and white Wednesday morning as dozens of police officers fanned out from the mobile command post parked on Emily near DeSoto. Officers flooded the north-side neighborhood of College Hill hoping to end the violence that has led to four shootings, including three murders in just over a week.
“We’re going to be in this neighborhood and we’re going to keep up this pressure until the violence stops,” St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said as he address the media.
But Chief Dotson was quick to point out that these additional policing efforts will not take resources away from other parts of the city. “The rest of the city can see the same amount of police they normally do on a Wednesday.”
Alderman Antonio French welcomes the effort and reminds residents that they can tip-off police anonymously at 866-371-TIPS (8477). “It is important for folks to realize that they are not alone, and there is a way for them to help the police without feeling vulnerable.”
Chief Dotson says the killings stem from a feud between individuals. He says part of the increase police presence will be in the form of plain clothes detectives who will be targeting specific individuals.