Bosley told the Post-Dispatch he and the city board of aldermen's black caucus had been talking for weeks about petitioning Parson. He is hoping the board will pass a resolution to send National Guard troops into the worst neighborhoods of St. Louis to battle crime.
"There is a war going on in this city and it's not white on black. Everybody's talking about a race war. White people are not coming to the black side of town shooting up black people," Bosley told KSDK. "It is black people coming from wherever they come from to shoot up the other black people in the city, and we need help to save ourselves."
Parson could not be reached for comment.
If the governor decides to send in the National Guard, it would not be the first time it has occurred. In 2014, then-Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency in anticipation of a grand jury announcement regarding the fatal shooting in Ferguson of 18-year-old Michael Brown, the Post-Dispatch reported.
In a statement, St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson did not address Bosley’s plea, but called the shooting tragic.
“Guns are too often used to settle differences,” Krewson said in her statement.