Mayor-elect vows to fight everything but crime in crime-ridden

Friday, April 9, 2021
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Tishaura Jones (St. Louis mayor)A resident of St. Louis, where the population is shrinking but violent crime is growing, predicts the city will only become more dangerous when a controversial mayor-elect officially takes office later this month.

“St. Louis, this is an opportunity for us to rise,” Tishaura Jones (pictured at left) said April 6 in her victory speech after winning office. “We are done ignoring the racism that has held our city and our region back.”

Jones, 49, who has served as treasurer since 2013, is set to take office April 20 with a stated mission to address racism, xenophobia, transphobia, and religious intolerance.

An NBC News story about Jones’ narrow win over a fellow Democrat points out she is making history as the city’s first black mayor. But the story did not hold back about her plans to go soft on criminals, and to utilize social workers and mental health counselors instead of police officers, at the same time the city is experiencing violent crime, including a record-breaking number of homicides.

The same story says the famous “Gateway to the West,” which peaked at approximately 856,700 citizens 70 years ago, is hovering at 300,000 today.

The city lost approximately 10,000 residents since 2010 and 47,600 since 2000, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported in a 2020 story. Many of those now-departed residents are blacks.  

Martin Baker, a St. Louis resident and member of Project 21, tells One News Now the mayor-elect’s anti-police policies will be a “tough sell” when she presents them to city aldermen.

“The reality of it is,” he warns, “while something sounds good on paper, when the bodies start lining up and when the crime rate increases, with these proposals you embolden the criminals."

According to the NBC News story, Jones is entering the mayor’s office after Mayor Lyda Krewson did not seek a second term. Krewson made history as the city’s first female mayor, the story stated, but the mayor-elect suggested during a mayoral debate that another white mayor was unable to lead the city because white families don't have to worry about crime.

The now-departing white mayor, however, lost her husband in a 1995 carjacking, the news story pointed out.

“While I appreciate the role of white allies in this movement of progress,” she said during a debate, “I don’t believe that they have the lived experiences to lead a majority-minority city.” 

According to Baker, the incoming mayor better appoint a competent public safety director to fight crime in the city.

“Because if [Jones] doesn't, her plan is going to go to ashes very quickly,” he warns. “For when the first social worker that is injured or, heaven forbid, killed instead of a police officer, then reality will hit in the face very hard."

Baker, who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2014, says blacks will keep re-electing Democrats, and remain in a cycle of poverty, until they hear a message that the American dream is possible through hard work and self-reliance, and without help from Democrat politicians. 

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