St. Louis' murder rate, already highest in US, soared last year; mayor vows to defund the police

St. Louis’ Tishaura Jones, who became the city’s first Black female mayor last month, had campaigned on a promise to enact progressive criminal justice reforms.

The head of the city’s corrections department is also on his way out. Jones announced his resignation last week, saying she hadn’t requested he step down but making clear she wasn’t satisfied with how he ran things.

St. Louis’ Tishaura Jones, who became the city’s first Black female mayor last month, had campaigned on a promise to enact progressive criminal justice reforms. (Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS/ABACAPRESS.)

St. Louis’ Tishaura Jones, who became the city’s first Black female mayor last month, had campaigned on a promise to enact progressive criminal justice reforms. (Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS/ABACAPRESS.)

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