Despite the city of St. Louis’s stay at home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic, police are seeing the same amount of criminal activity in the community, especially in terms of shootings and homicides, as before the pandemic hit. As such, the city is pushing to start their Cure Violence program without delay. This program was developed in response to the increase in homicides over the past few years and is scheduled to begin next month. According to a statement from the mayor’s office, “The City of St. Louis remains committed to the implementation of Cure Violence. At this time, we are working to determine the impact the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak might have on the upcoming rollout. As always, but especially during this challenging and uncertain time, the health and safety of everyone in the City is paramount.”
Unfortunately, crime continues no matter what the crisis is; it never takes a break and is another stark reminder of why background checks are so important, no matter what the circumstances.