LA reports 300 homicides for the first time in a DECADE as cops blame the coronavirus lockdown and cuts to the police

 The city of Los Angeles has recorded its 300th homicide this year equalling a total last reached in 2009. 

Despite various lockdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic, there has been a 32% increase in shootings.

After a brief lull in killings that police attributed in part to lockdowns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic earlier in the year, homicides and shootings began to rise again and then spiked this summer. 

Police Chief Michel Moore has said that he believes some of the increased crime is due to problems related to the pandemic, such as economic struggles and virus-related restrictions on services and interventions. 

A $150-million budget cut that forced LAPD to begin reducing its ranks of sworn officers by several hundred

A $150-million budget cut that forced LAPD to begin reducing its ranks of sworn officers by several hundred

LAPD Police Chief Michel 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

LAPD Police Chief Michel 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

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

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

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

The victims were 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.'


The majority of the violence was in South L.A. and Central L.A. 

In the Los Angeles Police Department's South Bureau, which covers South L.A., homicides are up by 50% from last year. 

In addition to homicides, nonfatal shootings are also up. 

As of October, the number of victims who had been shot was up more than 21% compared with the same time last year, according to the latest set of data from the LAPD.  

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. 

He said he believed that economic struggles have increased across the city's population.

The threat of the virus has undercut efforts to provide services and interventions for individuals who have been victims of shootings and may be vulnerable to becoming perpetrators of retaliatory violence. 

Moore also said more people seem to be carrying guns around. 

Adding to the problem, the increase in violence comes as the LAPD works to reorganize after a $150-million budget cut 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 on the 1980s and 90s when some years experienced more than 1,000 killings.

LA reports 300 homicides for the first time in a DECADE as cops blame the coronavirus lockdown and cuts to the police LA reports 300 homicides for the first time in a DECADE as cops blame the coronavirus lockdown and cuts to the police Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 06:57 Rating: 5

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