Bill Reker

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOX) – He’s disappointed, but East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks says the 40-days of non-violence campaign (which ended on Wednesday) was not a failure – despite four homicides during the period.

“We are disappointed by the four homicides. At the same time, we are encouraged that the police department has solved three of those four homicides,” says Parks.

The Mayor explains says that some people of interest have not been located in the fourth homicide. Overall, he says that assaults, robberies and burglaries were down, however he admits the cold weather had something to do with that.

“When you have temperatures of minus 7 and snow and ice on the ground, you have less activity out here,” says Parks.

The Mayor says another 40-days of non-violence campaign will take place again next year.


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