Two days after city judges rejected a proposal to create a special gun court in St. Louis, Missouri’s attorney general and the city’s police chief reiterated their support for the new approach at an urban crime summit at St. Louis University.
“I think you would have to not be paying attention to the evening news to not see what seems to be a spiraling impact of gun violence in our region, in our city”
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson and Missouri State Senator Eric Schmitt discuss gun courts and gun legislation.
On Monday, St. Louis Circuit Court judges voted against the proposal which would have created a special court for prosecuting gun-related crimes.
Mayor Francis Slay, Police Chief Sam Dotson, and Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce say that suspects using guns wait too long to see a judge and receive sentences which are too light.
Judge Jack Garvey wants to add court divisions dedicated to armed robberies and cases involving the unlawful use of weapons. Circuit judges are expected to vote September 16.
Mayor Francis Slay and Police Chief Sam Dotson join us in studio to discuss the Gun Court Docket and House Bill 436.
“It’s extremely serious,” Doston told KMOX. “This is not what we expect, this is not the type of environment that we have.”
The renovations to the Olive building should be finished by mid-April, according to the police chief, and the moving vans will be busy next summer.
Authorities say Michael Evans of Harrisburg, Ill. was in St. Louis for the 2013 Ride of the Century event.