Has Governor Nixon done enough to rein homicides in City of St. Louis?

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

(KPLR) – Elliott Davis caught up with Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to question him about whether the state has done enough to help the City of St Louis deal with its alarming problem of homicides.

The Governor told Davis he's done all he can do. He's often been under criticism by other local officials throughout the St Louis area. The criticism began with his slow footed response to the Ferguson crisis in 2014.

Governor Nixon ultimately spent a million dollars setting up the Ferguson Commission, and  $350,000 to set up the  State Office of Community Engagement that had  two six figure administration. It was supposed to examine and address the causes of violence like poverty and joblessness and the like.

But did Nixon's initiatives have any impact?

St. Louis had 159 murders in 2014. In 2015 that number soared to 188.  This year the pace of killings is on pace to equal that.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.