No urban center has been exempt from the recent uptick in crime that has engulfed cities nationwide since the George Floyd riots kicked off in 2020. St. Louis, Missouri, a perennially dangerous city, saw its homicide rate per one hundred thousand soar from 64.5 in 2019 to 87.2 in 2020. St. Louis’ recent homicide rate was the highest in the last 50 years by a country mile.
This alarming rise in homicides have occurred under the leadership, or lack thereof, of St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner. Elected as a reformer back in 2016, Gardner has gained notoriety for her soft on crime policies, which has led to conflict between her and the St. Louis Police department.
The most notable aspect of Gardner’s time in office is how she has received backing from the likes of globalist billionaire oligarch George Soros, who is notorious for his advocacy for lax criminal justice policies and his fervent anti-Second Amendment advocacy.
In the last five years, Soros has taken it upon himself to bankroll the campaigns of prosecutors who are willing to be soft on crime. From Los Angeles to Philadelphia, Soros has propped up activist prosecutors who give violent criminals slaps on the wrist for their dirty deeds.
Gardner has faithfully carried out her paymaster’s anarcho-tyrannical vision — where the state punishes lawful individuals, while criminals are allowed to roam freely with virtual impunity. This was most evident in a murder case from last year.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on a first-degree murder case that Gardner’s office completely dropped the ball on:
Circuit Judge Jason Sengheiser on Wednesday dismissed first-degree murder, armed criminal action and unlawful gun possession charges against [defendant] after no one from the Circuit Attorney’s Office showed up for scheduled hearings in May, June and July.
Circuit Judge Jason Sengheiser took aim at Gardner’s office for failing to prosecute the offender:
The Circuit Attorney’s Office is ultimately the party responsible for protecting public safety by charging and then prosecuting those it believes commit crimes. In a case like this where the Circuit Attorney’s office has essentially abandoned its duty to prosecute those it charges with crimes, the court must impartially enforce the law and any resultant threat to public safety is the responsibility of the Circuit Attorney’s Office.
Brandon Campbell is the man accused of allegedly shooting and killing Randy Moore on April 9, 2020. After the shooting, law enforcement carried out a multi-state manhunt that saw US Marshals get involved in apprehending Campbell.
In a statement responding to Judge Sengheiser’s dismissal and the media inquiries it prompted, Gardner contended, “I am accountable to the public for the actions of the office and remain committed as ever to upholding the highest possible standards and practices of accountability at all levels of this office, particularly the public safety of the residents of the City of St. Louis. As a result, the individual, in this case, is in custody.”
However, Gardner’s statement did not hold up to scrutiny. Following her statement, police informed the Post-Dispatch that Gardner was wrong and that the murder suspect was not being held in custody at the time. The suspect was still at large until July 23 when he was finally arrested.
After the news came out that Campbell was still at large, the family of his victim had choice words for Gardner’s office. One of the victim’s sisters said to local news outlet KDSK that they did not receive notification from the prosecutor’s office with regards to the suspect’s release. They only learned about Campbell’s release through media coverage. Another sister of the victim declared “Kim Gardner is a poor excuse for a prosecutor. It’s not fair.”
What makes Gardner’s lack of enthusiasm for prosecuting this case look perverse is how enthusiastic her office was with regards to the prosecution of lawful gun owners Mark and Patricia McCloskey.
For those with short-term memory, the McCloskey couple were relaxing in their home on June 28, 2020 when a mob of leftist agitators entered their private community and started surrounding their property. The McCloskeys were rightfully fearful of this mob following weeks of mass rioting and looting taking place nationwide, and proceeded to come outside with their firearms.
Their decision became iconic as the picture of the armed couple standing outside their home ready to defend themselves and their property at a moment’s notice was spread far and wide. Naturally, the Left took exception to this unapologetic display of responsible gun ownership and demanded that the couple be prosecuted.
Gardner quickly took it upon herself to carry out the radical Left’s will by going after the McCloskeys.
In July 2020, Gardner pressed charges against the couple for “unlawful use of weapons” for “Exhibit[ing], in the presence of one or more persons, any weapon readily capable of lethal use in an angry or threatening manner.” This offense is a Class E felony that could potentially land the McCloskeys in prison for up to four years.
Gardner has been on a mission to drop the hammer on the McCloskeys. Her bias was so strong that a judge was compelled to take Gardner and her office off the McCloskey case after Gardner bragged about pressing charges against the McCloskeys in a fundraising email.
Although the outcome in this case was not ideal, the McCloskeys pled guilty to minor misdemeanors.
Gardner’s legal negligence highlights the importance of getting involved in state and local level politics. This where leftists can still pull the craziest of stunts, even in blood red states. More importantly, lower-level offices are where the Left can build its power base and harass lawful individuals.
That’s why the Right cannot ignore this level of politics and should direct their attention there if they can’t make it in federal politics. To bring a semblance of sanity to American politics will require the Right to fight the Left everywhere they pop up. And that means considerable resources will be spent in local fights.