Rising bloodshed in L.A. feels like ‘Dodge City,’ LAPD chief says

By Kate Mather and Nicole Santa Cruz | LA Times
September 30, 2015

south la homide increase summerThe violence that erupted this weekend across Los Angeles had a familiar pattern.

A 30-year-old man was fatally shot Sunday morning at a Jack In The Box in South L.A.. Six hours later, a man sitting on a milk crate at a Watts housing project was shot and killed. Three hours after that, someone jumped out of a car and gunned down a 16-year-old. In North Hollywood later that night, a gunman killed a 24-year-old man.

In all, 19 people were shot over the weekend, five of them fatally. On Tuesday, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck was blunt about the impact of the violence.

“This is not Dodge City,” he said. “And unfortunately, it looked a little too much like Dodge City this weekend.”

For months, the LAPD has been sending more officers onto the streets in an effort to quell the violence that’s risen across the city this year, particularly the gang-related activity that Beck said fueled most of the weekend’s attacks.

But the number of killings continues to creep higher — homicides are up nearly 11% this year compared with 2014, Beck said.

Police have seen crime decline in some neighborhoods, only for it to flare up again elsewhere. The violence slowed in recent weeks in the LAPD’s South Bureau, where most of the killings have occurred. But over the weekend, two people were fatally shot in Watts, an area where until then only one person had been killed since March.

LAPD Asst. Chief Jorge Villegas said the weekend’s violence prompted officials to again look at how police were being deployed in the city. The goal, he said, is to isolate the crime and prevent retaliatory attacks from happening.

Read more here: http://www.latimes.com/local/crime/la-me-la-killings-20150930-story.html

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1 Comment for “Rising bloodshed in L.A. feels like ‘Dodge City,’ LAPD chief says”

  1. Wolfman

    don’t forget the lack of respect brought on by Obama and other community leaders

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