St. Louis Crime Covered by New York Times
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 enforcement overhaul. This may mean more trained law enforcement officers and a renewed focus on arresting, prosecuting, and convicting offenders.
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