Mayor of St. Louis - the murder capital of America - claims 'more cops do not prevent crime' after cutting $4million from department's budget and pledging to close a prison | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Mayor of St. Louis - the murder capital of America - claims 'more cops do not prevent crime' after cutting $4million from department's budget and pledging to close a prison

The mayor of St. Louis says having more cops won't prevent crime, and she's used her first month in office to introduce controversial reforms including defunding the police.

Tishaura Jones, who is the first black woman ever elected to serve as mayor of St. Louis, approved a $4million cut in the police budget as her city experienced the highest levels of violent crime in half a century last year.

The 49-year-old Jones assumed office on April 20 after running on a platform that includes an end to St. Louis’ ‘arrest and incarcerate’ model of policing - even as her city outpaced Chicago and Detroit to become the murder capital of America for the sixth straight year last year.

'So, why not deploy someone other than police, and free up police to do the work that they were trained to do in our academy.'

Jones wants treatment, rather than punishment, for drug users, and more emphasis on social service programs to help the neighborhoods with the highest crime rates.

The new mayor also wants to bring in more social workers, mental health counselors and substance abuse counselors, rather than adding more uniformed officers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Her numbers are a bit off, if in fact this is the research she was citing:

"The Community Responder Model"

I certainly hope, for the sake of this city, that what she is proposing, can work.

I will be watching to see how well this program succeeds; where we live in Southern Indiana is not far at all from St. Louis, but wouldn't travel there at the moment, because of the crime issue.

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