Last week, the November 20 issue of the
New York Times ran a front page story detailing crime and society in north St. Louis.
The article's headline, "In places like north St. Louis, gunfire
still rules the night," set the tone for a piece that aimed to expose
troubling conditions and high crime rates in the region.
According to the article, crime rates in much of St. Louis and the surrounding
communities of Missouri have steadily decreased over recent years. Still,
crime in certain areas of St. Louis remain high. Officials from the region
commented on the article, stating that while they could not dispute the
facts of the piece, they believed it created the wrong impression about
north St. Louis, and especially St. Louis as a whole.
As mentioned by the same officials, the city of St. Louis has only recently
assumed control of the police department. They have been working intently
on initiatives to drive down crime throughout the city, including parts
of north St. Louis. Job growth and regeneration plans are also designed
to improve social and economic conditions in the city.
Arguments and opinions aside, the
New York Times article was one that portrayed St. Louis in a less than favorable light.
While officials were already working zealously to enforce the law and
bring crime rates down, the recent article will likely be another reason
for sparking a significant enfrcement overhaul. This may mean more trained
law enforcement officers and a renewed focus on arresting, prosecuting,
and convicting offenders.
Criminal Defense Attorney in St. Louis, MO
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