St Louis is the epicenter of the “murder belt,” which means the cities most crime-prone areas are among the most dangerous.
A recent report from the Brennan Center for Justice shows the murder toll has doubled in St Louis since 2000, to 2,944 in 2015, and the city continues to see a steady rise in violent crime.
That’s in addition to a rash of high-profile shootings.
The city’s homicide rate has increased fivefold since 2000 and its murder rate has more than doubled in the same time frame.
The Brennan Center report points to one key culprit: a massive spike in the number of police officers and officers with guns.
In fact, the Brennan report says, the number and composition of police in St. Louis has changed significantly in the last five years, from about 8,000 in 2006 to 16,500 today.
St. Louligans, of course, are among those who suffer from the most gun violence.
The numbers for St. Loulti photographers are staggering.
According to the Brennan center, St. Louie has a population of about 8 million people, about half of them black and Latino.
According the Brennan website, “African Americans and Latinos comprise nearly half of St.
They make up 20 percent of the population of the city and about 10 percent of those living there are black or Latino.”
That’s about a quarter of the overall population.
In other words, nearly one-third of St Louis residents are black, Latino or both.
And of the people shot and killed in St-Louligans over the last decade, about 60 percent of them were killed by someone who had a gun.
A few of the more notable cases include a 15-year-old boy shot to death in 2012; a 17-year old girl shot to kill in 2013; and a 19-year year old man shot and paralyzed in 2014.
According a 2015 report by the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Office, black men accounted for nearly 50 percent of all shooting victims in St Louligan in 2015.
And according to the St Louis Post-Dispatch, about 30 percent of St Louls homicide victims are black and Hispanic, with the most commonly victimized race being black men.
“The violence that I’ve seen in StLouis is shocking,” said St. Charles County Sheriff Jimmy Williams, who is also a former police officer and a former detective in St Joseph County.
“This is a place that’s been ravaged by crime and poverty and drug use and addiction and violence.
I’ve been to places like Ferguson, I’ve worked in places like St Louis.
I just feel this is just as much of a disaster in StLoulighs community.”
The city is still trying to figure out why more and more people are fleeing St Louis, even as more and the population keeps growing.
In February, St Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson announced a $500,000 grant program to help residents move out of the area, with more funds coming from federal grants.
Krews response to the increase in violence has been to take steps to limit access to the city’s public housing projects, including the St James Housing Authority and the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).
That’s a step in the right direction, but the city is struggling to provide adequate security to its residents.
In March, St- Louis County Executive Steve Stenger announced that he’s launching an oversight commission to look into the situation, but there are still no signs of that happening.
In an interview with The Guardian, Stenger called the increase “an unprecedented tragedy.”
“We need to be able to take our own safety seriously and protect the public from the threats that we’re facing,” he said.
St Louis County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, who has overseen the department for over three decades, also said that his office is looking into how the city can make sure its residents can get through the day without fear.
“We’re going to work with all the agencies that we have in St and L that are responsible for that safety, because there’s no substitute for that,” he told the Guardian.
“But we’re also going to be working with the private sector to try to put together a solution that will make people’s lives better.”
The Brennan report points out that St Louis police are not equipped to handle the growing numbers of armed civilians.
They are only equipped with assault rifles and other weapons, and their officers have limited training in how to handle a crisis situation.
Stylist Michael Hodge, who works in the St Mary’s Hotel, which is part of a public housing complex, said that St.
Loulis police are also too often blamed for a lack of community policing.
“When they do get the call, it’s often to say, ‘You’re going in and out of here at a very fast rate of speed.
It’s not safe here.
Please leave the area,’ ” he told