By. Chris Stritzel
Welcome to the first Tuesday Briefing. These briefings include honest insight and opinions into ongoing situations in St. Louis City. Lets get started with the Looming Proposition P vote and the growing Homicide Crisis in the City.
Homicide Rate Destined to be Higher.
According to the City of St. Louis Government website and local media, the city homicide count for 2017 is at 161. That is just 27 shy of last year's (and 2015's) count of 188. Already with that number, we have the highest homicide rate in the United States. This year's total so far is way over what it what at this time last year. We are on track to crack the 190 or even 200 homicide mark for 2017. If we crack this number, it will give a new number per 100,000 that will make it the highest homicide year in St. Louis history and give us the "most dangerous city" title again, this time, for the 4th year in a row.
A majority of the 161 homicides that we have had this year take place in the North Patrol (AKA, North City). The total number of homicides in the North Patrol as of toy stands at 103. That is 5 shy of last year's 108. The North Patrol is expected to crack the 115 mark, a 7 homicide increase since last year and 42 higher since 2013 when the rate was at 73. The Central Patrol is at 47, once again, 4 shy of last year's 51 homicides. The number is expected to be 55 by years end. The only part of the city that is down on the homicide side of things is South City. South City currently has 11 homicides, 17 shy from last year's numbers. The homicide rate for this side of the city will not crack 15 making it "the safest part of the City".
If St. Louis stays on the path it is going, it will experience Year on Year (Y.O.Y) homicide growth until 2020. Why 2020? By then, things could be different as crime statistics showed homicides decreasing after 2010 but rising dramatically in 2015. In other words, 2020 is when change could come, but who knows if it really will.
Proposition P Vote
On November 7th, voters will go to the polls and decide whether to pass a tax increase to add an additional $19 Million to the budget to pay for Police Officers and Fire Fighter pay increases. Currently, the city lags behind the county in terms of how officers and fire fighters are paid. This will hopefully keep police officers in the city, and gain more, instead of losing them to the county. We need this to pass, but will it?
Ever since the Stockley verdict came out, Black Lives Matter (BLM) allies, have voiced their opposition to this pay increase because, "cops are pigs" according to them. Cops are overwhelmed and need to be paid more. You people complain whenever you don't get your $15 for flipping burgers at McDonald's. Why don't you people get out of the entry level workforce and work hard like our officers? Working at McDonald's is weak and ineffective to our society. Regardless of your opinion, we need Proposition P to pass. The benefits to this could be game changing.
Increase in officer pay means more prospective officers will be hired into the police force. The same goes for an increase in Fire Fighters and medics. We benefit from this by an increased response time across the board. If black lives really do matter, then why not do what's best by voting in favor of this? There is black on black crime across the city (105 suspects and 151 victims), but a officer involved shooting from 6 years ago really matters. Look at how much is at risk!
Across this city, we need to get out and vote, Vote, VOTE! Do your duty and thank our city's finest by voting in favor of Proposition P. The city desperately needs it and it can change our future for years to come.
VOTE YES ON PROP P ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7th, 2017.