ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Calling a persistent group of "Lyda Resign" protestors "kids who don't even live in the city," Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards says black-on-black crime is "the real issue" facing the city.
Edwards remarks came Tuesday morning when he attended a gathering of anti-crime protestors on the south lawn outside City Hall.
The group calling itself "Protest That" gathered, about 25 people, several taking turns speaking through a bullhorn about how they think protesting police brutality is a legitimate issue, but they want more attention paid to the murders and shootings in St. Louis.
"What we have to deal with, if we truly are concerned about black lives, we need to address this issue against black lives," Edwards said, "We have to address this issue. Black-on-black crime--we run away from it like it doesn't happen."
Edwards says many of those protestors are from St. Louis County, and don't live in the city.
"You know what, those kids who've been down here protesting--I want them out of the City. They need to go home. They need to go back where they come from. We don't want them down here anymore. We got other issues that we need to address. I got real issues that we need to address."
The group "Protest That" is pushing for the city to contract with a surveillance company that would deploy a spy plane over the city to try to solve crime.