Other Cities

Street gangs did not start in Los Angeles, nor is Los Angele the gang capital of the United States or the world. Tom Brokow gave Los Angeles this dubious title during a 1988 documentary, and it stuck. Los Angeles does not have the most gangs, the most gang members nor does it have the most or highest gang-related crime rate. Cities such as Newark, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Detroit, New Orleans unfortunately have crime and homicide rates that are far beyond that of Los Angeles. In fact, Los Angeles is among one of the safest cities in the US despite the 40,000 gang members and the 300 murders per year.

What Los Angeles has is the Hollywood influence, which has celebrated Los Angeles gang culture through movies and music, and that has made gang names like the Bloods and Crips a household name. When the crime rates in the United States peaked during the early 1990s, then President Bill Clinton, mentioned the Bloods and Crips in a speech proposing his Anti-Gang and Youth Crime Control Act of 1996 that died in Congress.

Regardless, we’ve all got a role to play if we’re going to move toward a 21st century that is more free of guns and drugs and violent gangs.

The message today to the Bloods, the Crips, to every criminal gang preying on the innocent is clear: We mean to put you out of business, to break the backs of your organization, to stop you from terrorizing our neighborhoods and our children, to put you away for a very long time. We have just begun the job, and we do not intend to stop until we have finished. – President Bill Clinton, 1996

Although there are years when the City of Los Angeles leads the nation in the number of gang-related homicides, there are several reasons why this characterization is misleading. First, Los Angeles is the second most populous city in nation with 3.8 million people in 2000 and 4.1 million people in 2010, so in actual numbers it is natural for Los Angeles to lead the nation in a variety of crime categories.

Additionally the LAPD and the LA County Sheriff’s Department has an extremely vague definition of what is being called a “gang-related murder.” Often when black or Hispanics are involved in murders in the inner city as a perpetrator or victim when there is no evidence that they are gang members, the police are quick to categorize these incidents as gang-related. The primary reason why police categorize these murders as gang-related is because its easier to prosecute in court and prosecutors are able to add enhanced penalties.

When ever there is a victim or assailant involved in a murder, regardless of the actual motive, that murder will be defined as gang-related by the police in Los Angeles. For example if a woman killed her gang member nephew in a domestic situation, the police will define that murder as gang-related. This generic definition of “gang related murder” inflates motive based gang related murder by 30 percent in Los Angeles. The women would not be prosecuted as a gang member, but if a non-gang member retaliated for the murder of his best friend who was a gang member, he will certainly be prosecuted as a gang members, even is there is no evidence that this person was ever in a gang or ever previously participated in gang activity.

Los Angeles has one of the lowest crime rates in the Country and has seen homicides drop by over 60 percent from the period between 1989 – 1993 when the city was averaging over 1,000 homicides per year. Several other US cities, such as Boston, Miami, and New York have experienced similar drops. Between 2007 and 2011 the city of Los Angeles has averaged 337 homicides per year, making Los Angeles, a city of over 4 million people, one of the safest large cities in the U.S.

 

Homicides in Los Angeles
Year LA Gang
Related
 LA All  Percent Gang
Related
Homicide
Rate
LA Sheriff’s
area
LA County
wide
1960 154
1970 491
1980 1,028 90 355
 1985  150 777  19.3 58 271
 1986  187 831  22.5 59 328
 1987  205 812  25.3 79 387
 1988  257 736  34.9 96 452
 1989  303 874  34.7 116 554
 1990  329 983  33.5 170 690
 1991  375 1025  36.6 207 771
 1992  430 1092  39.4 187 803
 1993  346 1077  32.1 162 720
 1994  370 850  43.5 218 782
 1995  408 838  48.7 215 807
 1996  295 707  41.7 165 614
 1997  207 566  36.6 124 450
 1998  176 419  42.0 121 399
 1999  136 420  32.4
 2000  331 551  60.1
 2001  346 587  58.9
 2002  350 654  53.5
 2003  262 526  49.8
 2004  291 515  56.5
 2005  244 490  49.8
 2006  266 478  55.7
 2007  228 396  57.6
 2008  167 381  43.9
 2009  157 315  49.8
 2010  ? 297  ?
2011 ? 294 ?

 

23 Comments for “Other Cities”

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  3. racetrack rick

    California was in a debt laden state b4 anyone from mexico to central America arrived here all people from these countries want positive representation not be judged and stereotyped by what the news and other programming wants to portray Hispanics as in fact all regions mainly south central and other regions and cities in los angeles county were ravaged by murders gangs and drug sells guess what they did not come from mexico or central America these first of all they were not here and if they were they were not born yet or old enough the 1980’s in la county was no pleasant site so b4 you abominate all Hispanics I say it is unfair to do so just because a small percentage overshadows the positive citizens

    • mark lind

      Hispanic is not a race. Most Mexicans are Indians (Aztecs) some are white and a small percentage are black. Hispanic is someone that comes from a Spanish speaking country, or who’s ancestor’s came from a Spanish speaking country. It is not a race of people. Dominicans, are mostly black, they share the same island with Haiti, yet they are hispanic only because of their language. Puerto Ricans are mostly white but are Hispanic also. How can you have three different races and consider them the same by saying they are Hispanic? It doesn’t make any sense! And no your not Latin! Latin is a language not a race.

  4. from RSA

    According to official stats, there is a 100,000 gang membership in Cape Town (South africa)…that’s more than LA and Chicago combined… Plus it has more than 1500 homicides per year. So the US aint as dangerous as it used to be, or as ya’ll portray it to be.

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  7. Tustin Piru Bluhh

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  10. anonymous

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  12. anonymous

    la and westminister members of the family facilitating street gang crimes are gregory alias last name of Taylor with his sister nene and brother red a woma named tasha presley and denitra chatman gong ho TALKING ND BRAGGING about the two murders committed in memphis tn in which they were involved in and conspirators in with his nephew Milton owens.crazy huh who does that?

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  14. the white bread posse

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