Liberal Democrat Attorney General Chris Koster wants Missourians to believe what he says about his crime record, but the facts tell a very different story. Instead of focusing on prosecutions, Chris Koster has been focused on politics for himself and defending Barack Obama. Meanwhile, crimes in Missouri have skyrocketed and Missourians are entitled to feel less safe than ever.
Consider these facts about Chris Koster’s failed record on crime:
- Scandalous rankings in urban crime. In 2011, US News and World Reportranked two Missouri cities in the top ten most dangerous cities in the United States: St. Louis earned the top spot; Kansas City, Missouri was ranked #9. Koster has tried to ignore the problem, and has no plan to offer the public.
- City murders on the rise. KSPR in Springfield reported the city already has had 11 murders so far this year, only one away from the city’s homicide record of 12 in a single year.
- State murders at alarming rate. The state murder rate is nearly 40% higher than in 2003.
- Declining number of arrests. Missouri Highway Patrol data shows that rape arrests in Missouri have plummeted over 20% since 2002, with more than a 10% drop during Koster's first three years alone.
- Meth capital of the country. CBS News reported that Missouri regained the dubious distinction as the meth lab capital of the country in 2011. Absent strong leadership in the AG’s office, meth is a deepening scourge on the state.
- Rising drug concerns. According to the Missouri Department of Public Safety, over 70% of multi-jurisdictional drug task forces believe clandestine meth production is on the rise. Koster again has no plan to offer Missourians.
“Missouri has suffered under the failed policies of liberal Attorneys General since 1992. Our urban cores are becoming a hotbed of criminal activity while the rural areas of the state have to deal with the problems of meth production and addiction. All the while, Attorney General Koster says he is ‘all prosecutor, no politics.’ But the facts prove he is just the opposite - all politics and no prosecutor. It is time to replace slick-talking politicians with real solutions to reduce crime in our state.”
Earlier this month, Ed Martin announced his intention to create a ‘Crime Cutting Council’ within the office of the Attorney General. On Monday, he unveiled the initial members of the Council.