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."
Races in St. Louis:-source
- Black (51.2%)
- White Non-Hispanic (42.9%)
- Hispanic (2.0%)
- Two or more races (1.9%)
- Vietnamese (1.0%)
- American Indian (0.8%)
- Other race (0.8%)
Of course the liberal reflex is to say that poverty leads to crime.
As with most liberal thinking, the opposite is usually true. Crime leads to Poverty.
And just to be clear, we're not talking about "hard times" when people have to stretch their pennies and tighten their belts. Or even a generally lower standard of living.
No, we're talking about long sustained, multi-generational, systemic and endemic Poverty with a capital P.
What causes that kind of Poverty?
Systemic corruption and the general lack of an inclination towards law and order.....in other words Crime.