St. Louis mayor, who defunded the police, now claims additional police won’t stop skyrocketing violence

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ST LOUIS, MO – In response to a recent report from Fox 2 Now detailing violence impacting the downtown area of the city, St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones claimed that creating a larger police presence in the downtown area is not the answer to address concerns over violent crime.

On September 8th, Fox 2 Now produced a report that detailed how violent crowds of teens reportedly flooded Kiener Plaza over the preceding weekend and shot out windows of a nearby high rise.

In response to the report, Mayor Jones called the actions “upsetting” but that focusing on one area of St. Louis with an increased police presence isn’t the solution:

“It’s absolutely upsetting…We can’t just focus on one area.”

Mayor Jones delved into an anecdotal experience regarding her time residing in the northern portion of St. Louis, explaining that crime impacts all of the city and not just certain pockets:

“When I moved back to north St. Louis and my son was 9-years-old playing outside, and someone was driving down the street shooting up in the air, so crime happens in a lot of areas and I’m not trying to discount what’s happening downtown, but we have to take care of all of our citizens.”

Alderman Jack Coatar noted that downtown business owners are getting concerned over the rampant crime and are considering packing up shop and taking their businesses elsewhere. Coatar says that such a scenario would present risks for the local tax base.

Mayor Jones pushed back on that notion, saying that all of St. Louis is representative of the city’s tax base:

“The entire city is our tax base. We can walk and chew gum at the same time. We can protect downtown as well as protect other neighborhoods who are experiencing crime on a daily basis.”

The mayor voiced concerns of what kind of message would the local government be sending by adding a larger police presence to downtown St. Louis, possibly signaling to residents elsewhere in the city that they may be vulnerable to crime as well:

“Because when you have increased presence downtown, you send a signal to other areas that they are also vulnerable.”

Reports show that much of the violence downtown is linked to younger individuals. When Mayor Jones was asked about the possibility of entertaining a curfew, she gave the following response:

“You know, curfews are sometimes dangerous. I’d like to see what other opportunities we are offering for young people to do something productive with their time.

We have wonderful nonprofits, the Boys and Girls Club, Urban League, United Way, the YMCAs, rec centers. We already have the infrastructure. We just need to use it differently.”

Mayor Jones said that in order to address crime in the city, it would require community members , local nonprofits and corporations to also join the discussion and bring forth suggestions that  can positively impact the community.

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St. Louis prosecutor quits after her signature used on court docs while she was on maternity leave

(Originally published July 24th, 2021)

ST LOUIS, MO – According to reports, St. Louis’ lead homicide prosecutor resigned from her position earlier in July after her digital signature was found on several court documents after she went on maternity leave back in May.

Prosecutor Kim Arshi reportedly began her maternity leave on May 10th, yet her electronic signature has appeared on over 20 cases after her leave began in various court documents that listed her as the lead prosecutor.

On July 20th, Arshi reportedly resigned, but hasn’t publicly commented on the matter, nor has St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s office.

One of the cases that Arshi was listed as the lead prosecutor – while she was on maternity leave – resulted in St. Louis Circuit Judge Jason Sengheiser dismissing a murder case against a defendant identified as Brandon Campbell.

The reason being, according to reports, was because prosecutors from Gardner’s office failed to appear at multiple hearings related to the case. In that case, Campbell was accused of fatally shooting Randy Moore back in April of 2020.

Since the case was dismissed against Campbell, he was released from custody. While Gardner’s office reportedly re-filed the murder case against Campbell, he’s currently at-large.

Judge Sengheiser had zero quarrels laying the blame on Gardner’s office, saying that had she had her proverbial house in order, Campbell wouldn’t have been released:

“The Circuit Attorney’s Office is ultimately the party responsible for protecting public safety by charging and then prosecuting those it believes commit crimes.”

“In a case like this where the Circuit Attorney’s office has essentially abandoned its duty to prosecute those it charges with crimes, the court must impartially enforce the law and any resultant threat to public safety is the responsibility of the Circuit Attorney’s Office.”

Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner did issue a statement regarding Campbell’s release due to her office’s inability to send prosecutors that aren’t on leave to scheduled hearings, blaming the incident on “internal policies and procedures regarding family medical leave” and that “corrective measures are needed to further prevent any future repeat occurrence of the incident in question.”

Court records show that Gardner’s office assigned Campbell’s case to Arshi on May 17th, a week after she’d already been on maternity leave.

While Gardner says that she’s “accountable to the public for the actions of the office”, she has yet to elaborate on what exact “internal policies and procedures” could possibly result in an assistant prosecutor on leave being assigned nearly 30 criminal cases while she’s not in office.

The victim’s mother in Campbell’s case, who didn’t want to be identified for fear that her son’s alleged killer will target her, said that Gardner’s mishandling of the case is “miserable”:

“It’s miserable. I feel like it just happened yesterday, just pain, just coming back. To think about somebody who took your son’s life and he’s out of jail. That’s horrifying. We’re living in fear.”

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There’s no shortage of criticisms being directed at elected officials in St. Louis, with recently-elected Mayor Tishaura Jones also coming under fire for her various endeavors like defunding police and shutting down a local jail – considering that St. Louis has a serious crime problem. 

We at Law Enforcement Today shared a report covering said criticisms back in May. Here’s that previous report. 

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ST LOUIS, MO – In a recent report from Breitbart News, contributor John Nolte said he has “zero sympathy for the people of St. Louis,” after they elected a Democratic mayor intent on defunding the police while experiencing “the highest murder rate in 50 years.”

Back in April, Law Enforcement Today reported on the runoff mayoral race that was won by former St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura Jones.

During her campaigning for mayor, Jones was fairly outspoken on efforts to defund the police, despite her not necessarily using that exact phraseology.

Instead, Jones advocated for reallocating funds from police budgets to fund the likes of mental health services, substance abuse centers and jobs training programs.

But no matter how one phrases it, taking funds away allocated for a police budget and putting them somewhere else is tantamount to defunding the police.

As we also reported earlier in May, Mayor Jones had already put into motion, alongside the support of city Comptroller Darlene Greene, to defund the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department by $4 million.

Breitbart News contributor John Nolte acknowledged Mayor Jones’ agenda items, while noting the troubling murder rate afflicting the city, and said that he has “zero sympathy” for the residents of St. Louis since they elected this person who campaigned on defunding the police:

“I feel zero sympathy for the people of St. Louis. None. Just last month, amid a soaring murder rate, the highest murder rate in 50 years, as well as the highest in the country, the idiots of St. Louis still voted to elect a Democrat as mayor, a lunatic named Tishaura Jones who made no secret of her desire to make things worse, much worse.”

Nolte delivered said commentary in response to a recent report from Fox News that noted the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department hosts nearly 100 unfilled positions and that Mayor Jones wants to shut down the city jail as well as extract funds from the police department.

This happens to coincide with the city having a homicide rate of 87 per 100,000 residents in 2020, which is the worst homicide rate in the entire country.

Some pundits and city officials alleged that the spike in violent crime is due to the coronavirus pandemic, which there was a national trend that saw increases in homicides during the height of COVID-19.

However, the city of St. Louis was leading the country in the homicide rate prior to COVID-19, as there was a homicide rate of 65 per 100,000 residents in 2019.

Mayor Jones steadfastly believes that an increased police presence in the city will not “prevent crime,” with her rationale behind this notion being that half the calls that the police department answers are something that can be handled “by someone other than police”:

“More police doesn’t prevent crime. Research done in the police department shows that 50 percent of calls can be answered by someone other than police. So, why not deploy someone other than police, and free up police to do the work that they were trained to do in our academy.”

Nolte was clearly unapologetic in his take on St. Louis, saying that he doesn’t “really care what the people of St. Louis or any Democrat-run city do to destroy themselves.”

The Breitbart contributor pointed out that he lives in a mostly conservative, rural area where the sort of violent crime that afflicts St. Louis isn’t even an issue:

“Out here, people of all races and creeds live together in relative harmony and safety. There are no racial tensions or riots or looting or any violent crime crises. Life is good.”

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