Alderman Charles Quincy Troupe.
St. Louis Alderman Charles Troupe has called for an armed citizenry to protect their own lives and property in response to the city’s ineffective, unresponsive police force. According to The Associated Press, “The community has to be ready to defend itself, because it’s clear the economy is going to get worse, and criminals are getting more bold,” Troupe, 72, said last Tuesday. He is encouraging north-side citizens to purchase guns and learn how to use them.
Troupe, who is a former State Representative, said that when he and residents approached a district police commander last year, they were told “there was nothing he could do to protect us and the community … that he didn’t have the manpower.”
Troupe has also worked to repeal a red light camera ordinance in St. Louis.