New York City has been racing toward losing its position as the “safest big city in America” all year, but it’s got some competition coming into the home stretch. The City of Angels has been running up its own dismal record when it comes to violent crime. While still nowhere near Baltimore levels, Los Angeles has now racked up more killings than it did in all of 2019. And if a way isn’t found to turn things around, they are on pace to see more than 300 murders by the end of the year. It hasn’t been this bad in more than a decade. (LA Times)
Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore predicted Tuesday that the city will see more than 300 homicides this year — a grisly milestone not reached in L.A. in more than a decade.
Moore said there had been 266 homicides in the city as of Saturday, representing a nearly 25% increase over the same period last year and surpassing the total number of homicides in all of 2019, when there were 253 killings in the city, and 2018, when there were 260 total killings.
Speaking during a virtual meeting of the Police Commission, Moore called the pace of violence in 2020 a “terrible loss” and an “erosion” of progress that had been made reducing gun violence in the city in recent years.
The most affected parts of the city are in south and central Los Angeles, unsurprisingly the same areas with the most gang activity. The southern district is reporting 50% more homicides than last year. It’s worth noting, however, that the city’s murder rate is still running far below the bad old days of the late 80s and early 90s when they regularly recorded more than one thousand killings per year.