St. Louis crime
A study finds most suspects arrested for gun charges in the city of St. Louis never go to prison because of a loophole in state gun laws or the kindness of judges.
The Major Case Squad has four suspects in custody after going to a home in Spanish Lake to investigate the murder of Ned Booker.
Jim Whyte, of the Central West End Neighborhood Security Initiative, says he could give example after example of what they’re up against.
They decide who goes to prison and who goes back on the street – then, many St. Louis circuit court judges drive home to some of the safest neighborhoods in the city.
“Life has changed in the St. Louis region, and I think, throughout the entire country since Ferguson,” Slay says. “What’s happened here has been horrendous.”
Despite a soaring year for killings in the city, the latest crime stats show more than 26 neighborhoods had no killings at all.
Police believe they have solved this morning’s murder at Chouteau and Tucker with the arrest of a 50-year-old man.
Today, Kevin talks with some young men from north St. Louis about the code of silence…
Within 12 hours of the roll-out of the effort to bring peace to the neighborhood that’s seen at least 8 murders and several shootings in recent months, police had made 12 arrests and confiscated 4 guns.
Charlie Brennan – Friday, January 10th – St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson on STL Homicides and Crime
Charlie talks with STL Police Chief Sam Dotson about STL homicide rate and crime.