Compton experiences spike in homicides, all gang-related

Nicole Santa Cruz (Los Angeles Times) | August 29, 2013

Compton city officials announced efforts Thursday to combat a recent spike in gang-related homicides.

This year, the city has had 22 slayings, all of which have been classified as gang-related by authorities, according to figures provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which patrols Compton.

Last year, there were 21 killings, 15 of which were classified as gang-related.

Mayor Aja Brown said Compton, a city of about 100,000, is in the midst of a community emergency as violent crime has risen.

“It is our intent to take immediate action,” she said at a news conference on the steps of City Hall.

Read more at: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-compton-sees-spike-in-homicides-20130829,0,3825207.story

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