The Washington Post has released a project this week entitled "Gun suicide and homicide: statistics shaped by race." In the project's interactive graphic, Missouri is listed, along with Washington, D.C. as the state/area with the highest rate of black homicide death in the nation. Explore more of the Post's work in this project via the link.
America's pattern of gun deaths is split across black and white, with the vast majority of whites dying from suicide and a similar proportion of blacks dying from homicide. A similar split occurs with more homicide in diverse urban cities and more suicide in the rural areas that are predominantly white.
Congressman Lacy Clay of St. Louis says the federal government may soon be able to help local police as they try to combat crime in some parts of the city.
The St. Louis Police Department has recently reassigned some officers to so-called “hot spots” where violent crime continues to be a problem. Clay says there should be announcements in the next few months about combined federal-and-local crime-fighting efforts.
A federal lawsuit claims a white St. Louis County fire supervisor was retaliated against for refusing to "dig up dirt" on two black employees.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the U.S. Attorney's office filed the suit against the Robertson Fire Protection District on behalf of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The suit alleges that in 2004 or 2005, Chief David Tilley called then-Battalion Chief Steve Wilson into his office and used a racial slur when telling him to go through the computers of the black employees.
Updated 12:34 p.m. with link to full report and information about 2010 data.
Black motorists are stopped by Missouri law officers at an increasingly disproportionate rate.
An annual report released Friday by the attorney general found black drivers were 72 percent more likely than white motorists to be pulled over in 2011. Black drivers were stopped 2.5 times more often than Hispanic drivers.