Mayor Slay hopes attending D.C. crime symposium will help fight crime in St. louis

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says crime in the City of St. Louis has gotten out of hand, and he’s hoping a trip to Washington, D.C. will help reverse that tread.

As of today there have been 154 homicides in the City of St. Louis. 102 of those cases are still open.

In 147 cases a firearm was used.

141 of the victims are black compared to 13 white.

This has prompted the mayor to head to Washington, D.C. for a national violent crime symposium, in the hopes of getting help for horrible crimes being committed in the city.

Mayor Slay says the police department will move as quickly as possible to hire about 80 officers to bring it back to full strength.

According to Slay this is the answer to a public cry for more protection as the city's murder rate soars.

Chief Sam Dotson is also in D.C. to participate with Mayor Slay in the multi city crime summit brought together by U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Slay says the department has been losing about two officers per pay period for months.