A spike in murders highlights the latest monthly crime report in the city of St. Louis.
Now at lowest level since 1969
The number of murders investigated by the Metropolitan Police Department in 2013 rose from the year before, but St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said overall the latest crime statistics paint a better picture than in years past.
African Americans, especially black men have a greater chance of being murdered in Missouri than in any other state, and chances are they’ll be killed by a handgun.
Normally, the state sets gun laws which apply in every city and county, and that’s where Mayor Francis Slay says the problem is.
ESL has 44 officers and the police force has been able to only solve about half of the city’s homicides.
Authorities say a 52-year-old man was gun down hours in to the new year.