Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Downtown Leadership Calls for 'Regional Outrage' in Wake of Washington Avenue Murder

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Downtown Leadership Calls for 'Regional Outrage' in Wake of Washington Avenue Murder

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ST. LOUIS * The leader of downtown's booster group is calling on residents across the region to be outraged by the recent spate of violent crime in the area's urban core.

Downtown STL Inc.'s president Missy Kelley met with Mayor Francis Slay's chief of staff Thursday and says she's been assured that police are going to bolster patrols and will battle all crimes, including ordinance violations like panhandling, noise and public urination.

"I am committed to making sure this is just the start," Kelley said. "We have seen a similar response from the city in the past after a sensational crime or a series of criminal activity in a short period of time. It is not enough for us to be reactive then revert to the status quo."

The statement comes in the wake of the Washington Avenue carjacking and murder of Brandi Hill on Sunday.

Mary Ellen Ponder, Slay's chief of staff, said the city is working on hiring more officers and increasing their pay to help with recruitment. …

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