KANSAS CITY, Mo. — New Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt met with local prosecutors in Kansas City this week to talk about reducing crime in the metro.
“This isn't a partisan issue, this is about public safety," Schmitt said Thursday. "People deserve to feel safe."
Crime, particularly homicides, is a constant topic in Kansas City. Days before the New Year, 33-year-old Leron Walls was found dead in his car. The search for a suspect is ongoing.
“My grandchildren are without their father. I don't really have any answers for them,” said Isaac Walls, Leron's father.
He's pleading for anyone with information to come forward.
“It is so many families losing loved ones," he said. "Knowing someone may know something and not speaking out leaves you doubting humanity.”
Schmitt said he met recently with Kansas City Police Chief Rick Smith and offered assistance to local law enforcement.
“Working with local prosecutors on the front end, we can also be called in to help. That is an offer we made today and that offer stands,” Schmitt said.
Walls is encouraged by law enforcement agencies working together. But what he really wants to see is more officers in the community.
“Presence sometimes gives a person hope and a desire to speak out," Walls said. "I have been through that neighborhood several times and I have yet to see a police car roll through."