St. Louis City Leader Says Police Ineffective, Tells Residents to Get Armed

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ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis city leader frustrated with the police response to rising crime called Tuesday on residents to arm themselves to protect their lives and property.

Alderman Charles Quincy Troupe said police are ineffective, outnumbered or don’t care about the increase in crime in his north St. Louis ward. St. Louis has had 157 homicides in 2008, 33 more than last year at this time.

“The community has to be ready to defend itself, because it’s clear the economy is going to get worse, and criminals are getting more bold,” Troupe, 72, said Tuesday.

Troupe said that when he and residents approached a district police commander last year, they were told “there was nothing he could do to protect us and the community … that he didn’t have the manpower.”

Police did not immediately return requests for comment. Chief Dan Isom told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he understands Troupe’s frustration but doesn’t support citizens arming themselves.

Carrying guns, he said, is not a “recipe for a less violent community.”,2933,460725,00.html


2 thoughts on “St. Louis City Leader Says Police Ineffective, Tells Residents to Get Armed

  1. schevus says:

    That is not promising. I live in the greater St. Louis area and am accustomed to hearing about the plethora of homicides and other criminal activity in the city. I don’t know if arming up is necessarily a solution, but a reinvigoration of neighborhood watch programs could have an impact.

    The sad reality is that with the economy still in serious trouble, these issues are only likely to get worse. I encourage everyone who is able to lend a hand to those in need so they are not tempted to turn to less-than-legal means to provide for their family. Helping each other is more important now than ever!

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