JACKSON, Mo. (KFVS) - Governor Mike Parson made a stop in Cape Girardeau County on Thursday, July 23 to discuss violent crime and the upcoming special session.
He met with Cape Girardeau leaders and law enforcement at the Cape Girardeau County Courthouse in Jackson.
After the meeting Gov. Parson spoke with the media about his statewide tour on violent crime.
He stated, ”We got to make sure people feel safe and they’re not living in fear that they can’t go places.”
Parson gave this recent example from Kansas City, ”There was lady pushing a baby in the streets of Kansas who loss her life to violet crime we have to address this issue and I think this is all important to why I’m calling the legislators back.”
Parson said the special session on Monday, July 27 will look to amend state statutes related to violent crime. One of those provisions would create a pretrial witness protection fund.
‘We’ve heard it a long time on the federal level, but we’ve never been able to implement it on a state level. Especially on the local level, since it costs to run one of those programs,” he said.
Cape Girardeau Mayor Bob Fox said one of the most important aspects would be the use of witness statements in court. Fox points to the shooting death of 15-year-old Madison Robinson, where criminal charges had to be dropped because the prosecutor said witnesses refused to cooperate.
“And that’s big. We’ve had cases and there’s a case right now in Cape Girardeau that people are there protesting about and this is the case,” Mayor Fox said.
During the stop, Parson also commended the use of federal law enforcement officers in Kansas City.
“So I’m thankful the president sent them, we were well aware that the FBI agents were coming,” he said. “Again anything we can do at the federal level, the state level to fight violent crime is we need that right now.”