Darnit. .. Had a nice long response ready to post and then my wireless keyboard fell off my lap, landed upside down on the carpet and closed the window deleting it. :-(
To summarize my last post... I am quite familiar with the area for various reason among them working within 5 miles for several years and my wife's grandmother living a few miles from the epicenter of all this for 60 years moving about a year ago. For the last few years she lived there she literally heard gunshots daily. She had a hole in her car door from an errant. 45 acp that came through her garage wall. She had 2 incidents of stolen cars hitting her garage/landscaping, tree. Some 25 years ago as people started migratinng from north St. Louis City to nearby north County cities they brought their gangss, drugs and crime with them. It was really more of an expansion than migration.
Now the local news stories of robbery and shootings are national news. I think thee context is that the reality of the news stands in contrast to the assertions of local residents as to how quiet and safe the community is making people not familiar think it is an increase relating to the portests. I suspect that the looting aside that there has been little change in the daily crime and that the nationalizing of the local crime stories rather than being a new thing, merely gives lie to the local claim of a peaceful, safe community. I didn't feel particularly safe driving down the main drag of Ferguson 25 years ago and certainly didn't stop for gas, smokes, soda until I got north of city limits.