Watch: Los Angeles Crime At Record Levels, As Murder Rate Reach New, Sad Heights

Written By BlabberBuzz | Tuesday, 24 November 2020 05:45

The city of Los Angeles has marked its 300th killing this year reaching a total last marked in 2009.

Though there were several lockdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic, there has been a 32% increase in firings.

After a short halt in murders, which police linked in part to lockdowns affiliated with the COVID-19 pandemic earlier in the year, killings and shootings began to grow again and then reached zenith this summer.

Police Chief Michel Moore has said that he thinks some of the increased crime is related to issues from the pandemic, such as financial crisis and virus-related limitations on services and interventions.

This year's increase in violence reflects that seen in other cities across the country including Houston, Chicago and New York.

Last year, the city recorded 253 killings, with 260 in 2018.

Four shootings that took place overnight Saturday into Sunday pushed the city over the 300-death mark for the first time in a decade.

The victims were a 17-year-old boy riding a bike, a 50-year-old homeless man, a 20-year-old man and a 41-year-old woman.

"The reality is there are 300," Los Angeles Police Department Captain Stacy Spell said to the LA Times. "It's tragic."

Most of the violence occurred in South L.A. and Central L.A. In the Los Angeles Police Department's South Bureau, which includes South L.A., homicides have grown by 50% from last year.

In addition to homicides, nonfatal shootings are also up.

Regarding October, the number of victims who had been shot grew more than 21% compared with the same time last year, according to the recent series of information from the LAPD.

Moore called the increase of violence in 2020 a "terrible loss" and an "erosion" of progress that had been made in decreasing gun violence in the city in recent years.

He said he thought that economic crises have developed across the city's population.

The danger of the virus has undermined attempts to provide services and interventions for people who have been victims of shootings and may be exposed to becoming violators of violence from revenge.

Moore also said more people seem to be carrying guns around. In addition to the matter, the increase in violence comes as the LAPD works to reconstruct after a $150-million defund that forced it to begin reducing its ranks of sworn officers by several hundred.

Despite the figures being the highest in more than ten years, the city is still some way off the shocking statistics of the 1980s and 90s when some years endured more than 1,000 homicides.

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