In an effort to tackle violent crime in St. Louis, Attorney General Eric Schmitt is partnering with the U.S Attorney’s office to launch “Safer Streets.” This is Attorney General Schmitt’s latest initiative since taking office on January 3rd.
Here’s what they are saying:
KMOV: Missouri’s new attorney general was in St. Louis Tuesday to unveil a plan to combat violent crime. Prior to the 10:30 a.m. announcement, Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s office said his plan is one that has never been done before in Missouri. Schmitt’s ‘Safer Streets” initiative will feature unprecedented cooperation between the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Attorney General’s Office, as well as various law enforcement agencies, he said.
KMOX: “Today, I’m committing the state’s resources to a problem that matters greatly to this city, and this state. Local and federal law enforcement have made great strides, and I think by working together, we can create safer streets.” Schmitt held a press conference at the Old Post Office in which he announced plans to team up with U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen’s office to target gun criminals.
St. Louis Times-Dispatch:Schmitt said three to five prosecutors from his office will work with Jensen’s office to target violent crime. Based on the average caseload in the office, Jensen said that could mean an additional 150-250 federal cases filed each year.
Missouri Times: Schmitt noted that in 2018 there were over 180 homicide incidents. The City of St. Louis also experience 378 carjacking incidents, with more than one reported carjacking every day, stated by the data from the St. Louis City Police Department.
Fox 2:Prosecutors will start by attacking crimes in the most dangerous areas. Schmitt alluded to “Hayden’s Rectangle,” an area referred to by Chief John Hayden that encompasses some of the city’s highest-crime neighborhoods: Wells-Goodfellow, Walnut Park East and West, and Penrose.