A 36-year-old St. Louis woman who stepped outside to check on her car winded up being shot by thugs, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
She had heard a car alarm sounding at about 5:15 a.m. Monday in the 5900 block of Horton Place. The woman looked outside and saw four men tampering with her car, said Police Maj. Gerald Leyshock. They saw her and fired shots in her direction. One of the bullets came through her window and hit her in the chest.
Police have made no arrests in the case and had no suspects. Police say she didn’t know the suspects.
The incident occurred in a neighborhood that the St. Louis police were to start “hot-spot policing” later that same day. This method of policing allows the police to focus their efforts on those parts of the city that most need assistance. According to Chief of Police Sam Dotson, who spoke with Law Street Media this past March, hot-spot policing has helped reduce the 2006 crime rate in St. Louis by a whopping 50 percent. Hopefully, the revival of “hot-spot policing” in this neighborhood will help ensure that no more women (or men) wind up being shot by thugs.
Clearly, the St. Louis police are doing something correctly, which begs this question: Why did Saint Louis University just commission a campus sculpture to honor an “Occupy SLU” protest last fall whose primary goal was to lambaste the police?
Flying an upside-down American flag, they gave speeches and “teach ins” on topics such as “conscious awakening, systematic oppression, white supremacy, and students’ responsibility to the community,” according to a YouTube video that documented the demonstration.
It just seems weird that the university wants to honor the same types of hooligans who hate the police.
Question: Who really deserves to be praised – the anti-police protesters or the police themselves?