The Missouri Legislature is considering a proposal to provide state funds for neighborhood watch programs in high crime areas around the state.
Rep. Michael Butler, D-St. Louis, sponsored the bill, which would create a state fund to match money for neighborhood watch programs in high crime areas around the state.
The Urban Crime Summit organized by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster came to St. Louis Wednesday.
The four-day gathering of law enforcement and criminology experts began in Kansas City Monday and is scheduled to continue at Saint Louis University’s School of Law through Thursday.
In his opening remarks, Koster told those gathered that 105 murders in Kansas City last year and 113 in St. Louis were too many.
"The fact that we are here is a statement that we do not accept this violence as the status quo," he said.
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