Senator Jamilah Nasheed Calls for State of Emergency Due to Homicides in St. Louis, Calling it a Crime Violence Epidemic
St. Louis – State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, has requested the governor declare a state of emergency in the City of St. Louis in order to address the epidemic of gun violence in the city.
As of Monday, June 25, there were already 79 homicides in the St. Louis area in 2018.
“If we can spend billions of dollars to fight the Taliban half a world away, surely we can put a fraction of those dollars to work here at home combatting drug dealers and gangs on the streets of St. Louis,” said Sen. Nasheed. “That’s why I’m asking him to declare a state of emergency so that local law enforcement and agencies have the resources needed to end the gun violence epidemic in the City of St. Louis.”
In a letter to the governor, Sen. Nasheed noted that in a single day police addressed issues surrounding a dead body in the street, a rolling gun battle that caused a multi-car crash on I-70 and a man was shot to death outside of a family pizza restaurant in broad daylight.
“By declaring a state of emergency, you will be able to give local law enforcement the federal and state resources they need to prevent violent crimes,” Sen. Nasheed said.