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Chief Sam Dotson Reflects On Violent Week, Is "Bitterly Disappointed" About Escaped Suspect

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Police Chief Sam Dotson.
Amid the incredible violence that plagued the city of St. Louis last week, one officer was sent to the hospital -- along with a suspect who reportedly crashed into him during a police chase. In the chaos of that evening, the suspect managed to flee from the emergency room.

"The department's performance was not perfect," St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson says in a blog post today reflecting on last week's violence. "I'm bitterly disappointed to report that one suspect escaped from his hospital room due to inadequate security on our part. The suspect is back in custody. We have reviewed our protocols and practices."

Beyond that, Dotson praises his officers' work last week -- and calls for harsher sentencing and a reformed parole system in the wake of this latest gun violence.

As a quick recap, last week was an unusually violent one for St. Louis starting with an early morning shooting on Monday inside a 7-Eleven, killing a clerk who immigrated to St. Louis last year after living in a refugee camp in Nepal for nearly two decades. He leaves behind an eight-year-old son and pregnant wife.

The following night, St. Louis cops responded to seven separate shooting incidents which resulted in eighteen injuries -- in addition to a stabbing. Then one day later, cops again faced a series of dangerous situations on duty involving multiple chases and shots fired at officers.

Last week, Dotson reveals in his blog post, there was also a spike in robberies and burglaries.

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Police Chief Sam Dotson.

And on Thursday, a murder-suicide inside a Cherokee Street health care business left four dead.

"If you have been following the news, you are already aware that our city just went through an unusually bad week," Dotson writes. "In fact, I don't mind telling you, if St. Louis never sees another week like the last one, it will be too soon for me.

He notes that police have arrested and charged one man responsible for six of the eighteen injuries Monday night and have arrested two others who allegedly fired at a police officer on Tuesday night.

Still, Dotson says, it's time to give harsher sentences to these convicted criminals in an effort to stop repeat offenders from contributing to this violence. And, as he has repeatedly said since he started as chief in January, it needs to be more difficult for criminals to access guns:

But even with all the arrests we've made and the charges issued, I strongly believe that the culpable accomplices in last week's violence remain at large, despite the fact that we have clearly and repeatedly identified them.

Those culprits are: 1) Guns in the hands of violent criminals, and 2) Inadequate sentencing combined with a probation/parole system that just doesn't work.

One of the people we arrested was a previously convicted armed robber, released - on unsupervised probation - after serving only 120 days. No doubt when the other cases have been solved, we will find out that several of the suspects are also previously convicted criminals or arrestees, released back into society too soon, with too little supervision, and with far too easy access to the handguns that have flooded our streets.

You can read his full commentary here: "June 9 - June 15: A Week in Review."

Send feedback and tips to the author. Follow Sam Levin on Twitter at @SamTLevin.

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24 comments
Jesse Speaks Jr
Jesse Speaks Jr

Imprisonment is the subsequent result to being found "GUILTY" of a crime. Reduction in crime involves opportunity and desire. Being provided with the opportunity to commit a crime "easy mark" and the desire to possess another's anything. We can do a lot about not providing the opportunity to commit a crime, however , you will have a hard time reaching another persons heart/desire to act on their very nature to be just that- a criminal.......Enjoy

Jesse Speaks Jr
Jesse Speaks Jr

Your Marxist thesis is flawed on so many points I know not where to begin. You ramble and fail to establish a solid premise even on the most elementary level. Your ability to persuade is equal to that of an entry level buffoon .

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

people are always escaping from their jails the cops are all drunk

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

what will this idiot say next he always has such good solutions

Josh Thompson
Josh Thompson

That's not what I said, but sure, put words in my mouth. If harsh sentences deterred crime, nobody would be on death row. I'm not saying we get rid of jail or let everyone off with a slap of the wrist; what I am saying is that there are underlying causes to crime which are simply not addressed by building more prisons or levying harsher penalties. Crime Prevention is fundamentally tied to education and access to basic needs.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

"Unfortunately, harsher sentences to very little to actually reduce crime." yaa...because it's way better to have them out in 2 years instead of 20 years, right?

Mark Swain
Mark Swain

The judges back off from giving these thugs what they deserve. Really frustrating for neighborhoods and law enforcements who has to deal with all the bullshit from these people.

Chad Kitchen
Chad Kitchen

Gun crimes should definitely be dealt with on another level. We need more than just harsh punishments. These criminals need serious rehabilitation.

Sean Duffy
Sean Duffy

If prison was an effective way to reduce crime, the USA would be the safest place in the world.

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

they opened a liquor store right next to the cop shop jail downtown? all the cops are drunk thats why they have a escape every week

Smok Eingspirit
Smok Eingspirit

while the gangs run out of control in st louis these cowards are ripping the people off endlessly if drugs were legal the gangs would not have the money but instead this police empire continues to operate with impunity that they are the ones behind all this crime- every arrest equals a failure, if a teacher keeps failing its students its time to replace the teacher- Usa #1 in prisons 500,000 more criminals than china who has a billion more people # 46 in education its eazyer to dominate over an ignorant population- read more of the technolgy they use to go after the smokerwww.smokingspirit123.com

Bill Constable
Bill Constable

harsher punishments for letting suspects just walk out of the er

Josh Thompson
Josh Thompson

Unfortunately, harsher sentences to very little to actually reduce crime. You want to reduce crime? Increase education, access to health care and basic needs, provide bored kids with stuff to do that isn't hilariously awful, and REWARD GOOD BEHAVIOR. When the bad guys are always the ones getting what they want, while the good guys get walked on, what motivation is there to be a good guy?

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

that will prevent crime how? most people dont intend on getting caught this guy is a moron it even looks like he may have a touch of the dow syndrome

Jesse Speaks Jr
Jesse Speaks Jr

Yes , I agree with about 88% of what the Chief says here. Yes to severe punishment for gun crimes .

Kathie Steffens
Kathie Steffens

The gun crimes in St. Louis are obscene. They will ruin the economy of the city, if they don't get a handle on it. Many people are already afraid to go to the city.

Courtney Ringle
Courtney Ringle

STL might be a Blue city. but MO is not a Blue state.. asking anyone around here to invest in education is just grasping at straws. (its a great idea, however they wont go for it.)

John Gieseke
John Gieseke

We need to spend more on education! Spending now on past sins of not creating an system that invest in education.

Courtney Ringle
Courtney Ringle

JUST Gun crimes.?!!? Be more harsh on those DWI drivers who keep getting away with it.. No more slaps on the wrist. people are killing children and families while driving under the influence on our streets and highways and they are GETTING AWAY WITH IT!!

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