New St Louis Director of Public Safety is honest..

ST. LOUIS • Jimmie Edwards, the city's new public safety director, did not waste time getting to his point.

"This message is for black folk," Edwards said during remarks Monday at the annual downtown ceremony honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Of the city's 205 murders last year, 204 of the victims were African-Americans, Edwards said. "One hundred percent of the people that were caught and accused of those crimes were African-Americans. We have to address that. We cannot go forward and continue King's dream unless we look in the mirror and address that problem. That's a problem that's on us."

Edwards, a former circuit judge, made his remarks to a boisterous crowd in the Old Courthouse rotunda as new police John Hayden stood by his side. Both men are African-American.

"In order for Chief Hayden to have any success. In order for Judge Edwards to have any success, you've got to step forward," Edwards said, urging the public to report crimes and work with law enforcement to create a safer community.

King talked of a revolution, but profound change cannot happen without buy-in from everyone, Edwards said. 

"This is real talk," he said.

Bill Cosby once made similar statements.

"But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: in the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence.  Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny, and they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.

We cannot walk alone.

And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back."

I like this guy - he’s a judge that tried different methods to reform criminals instead of the standard or just tossing them in the system and hoping they get scared...