ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A St. Louis Alderman Takes action to address crime after another murder in his ward. Chris Carter is going door to door on one block with police officers.
Thursday the sound of candid conversations echoed throughout Genevieve Avenue instead of the sound of gunfire. Alderman Chris Carter says he`s increasingly frustrated both with the crime and the plan to fight it. He decided to seek the help of two police liaison officers and they walked the streets of this troubled neighborhood.
The move comes after one man was shot to death on Genevieve early Thursday bringing St. Louis` murder total this year to 69. 61 of the victims are black.
39 of the murders happened in north St. Louis.
Alderman Carter says he went directly to the officers to get their help on Genevieve. The officers were welcomed by some on Genevieve. But others had a different reaction, quickly leaving the area.
Either way they plan on continuing their effort throughout Ward 27 in the coming days.
A spokesman for the North Patrol says the department addresses crime in every area the same, no matter the color of the residents. He also says hot spot policing is helping but there are just too many guns on the streets, and not enough officers on the department.