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LAPD Sending 100 Officers Into South L.A. Amid Jump in Killings

September 03, 2015  | 

Los Angeles police will send more than 100 elite Metropolitan Division officers into South L.A. as part of its effort to quell a surge in homicides, the LAPD said Thursday, reports the Los Angeles Times.

After remaining relatively flat for much of the year, the number of people killed in Los Angeles rose in August, marking a 7% increase compared with this time last year. Across the city, 185 people have been killed from the beginning of the year through Saturday.

Nearly half of August’s 39 killings occurred in South L.A., where officials said the Los Angeles Police Department would focus additional resources and double down on community outreach efforts. Police Chief Charlie Beck attributed the majority of the violence to gang crime, which he said was up about 15% this year.

In addition to the Metro officers, gang officers also are hitting the streets, according to an LAPD spokesman. The idea, Capt. Jeff Bert said, is that having more officers on the ground will help them respond to crimes more quickly and potentially prevent retaliatory attacks.

To help speed up the police response, the LAPD has set up a new command post in its South Bureau that analyzes crime data throughout the area in real time, Bert said. The LAPD also is increasing community outreach with the help of gang intervention workers, local clergy members and other residents.

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john musielewicz @ 9/4/2015 8:40 AM

The term 'gang' is an old-fashioned term foriegners use when they come to America to commit crime. I suggest LA community support the authorities in this action, and I call on both the Navy and the Marines to authorize special group activity.

I expect this action to crush the violent 'gangs', they are not American they are here to violate Americans and American property.

Any so-called 'american' joining these foriegn 'gangs' is hereby declared a traitor to their own country.

Crush them crush them, oh and by the way I'm 1500 miles away and can't leave my post, but if you need a hand, send helicoptor.

I'll be happy to take a stick to them.

john moose musielewicz, U.S.M.C.

kevCopAz @ 9/7/2015 1:25 PM

All will be fine until one of these "elite" officers kills a non white, especially a b/M heaven forbid, then they will be "a invasion force holding down the community and hunting minorities" not treating them like other citizens, stopping them for "no reason" and "harassing them". face it we cops will always get the blame, we do "nothing" or "are heavy handed" and will never get any credit; I say f em, let those types kill each other and let the "community" police itself until they do appreciate PD. Elections and attitudes have consequences .

Robert Shaffer @ 9/7/2015 1:53 PM

This is the 5,678th time in my lifetime time that LAPD has sent in Metro and the LASO has sent in their SEB. Guess what..nothing changes...

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