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St. Louis Mayor & police chief answer tough questions on violence during town hall

STL Police Chief Sam Dotson and STL Mayor Francis Slay answer questions during a townhall meeting Thursday evening. STL Police Chief Sam Dotson and STL Mayor Francis Slay answer questions during a townhall meeting Thursday evening. Image source: Fox 2 KTVI

   Recent efforts to curb crime are working.  That's according to St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson when he spoke with hundreds of people who gathered at the Demetrious Johnson Center for a town hall meeting Thursday night.  

   Mayor Francis Slay was also there along with several parents of murdered children.  All seemed to agree that keeping the dialog going was critical to fighting violent crime in the city.  

   Chief Dotson says a total of 56 people have been murdered in St. Louis in 2013, 10 fewer than by this time last year. He credits a recent surge of ATF agents in the city with taking more than 200 criminals of the streets.

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