St. Louis Police step-up downtown security during MLB playoffs

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-With the baseball playoffs underway, St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson promised a major police presence in downtown St. Louis to keep the thousands of Cardinals and Cubs fans heading downtown safe.

The increased police presence comes in the wake of the Chris Sanna shooting. Sanna is the Cardinals fan who was shot and paralyzed two weeks ago when he and his girlfriend were robbed shortly after leaving a Cardinals game at Busch Stadium.

Those downtown will see a noticeable increase in uniformed officers downtown. But there will also be an increase in plain clothes officers and also unmarked cars.  The beefed up security will extend beyond Busch to Washington Avenue, Laclede’s Landing, and other popular spots with sports fans.

Dotson is reminding fans to take steps to help protect themselves. Those steps include parking in lots with attendants on duty and walking in large numbers.