Los Angeles has reached its 300th homicide for 2020.
And that are the worst numbers since the dark days of the 2009 financial crisis.
Killings and shootings have increased by 25% and 32% over last year, respectively.
Officials blame the current health pandemic and its related socio-economic effects for the rise of violent crimes and chaos in major cities across U.S.
LAPD Police Chief Michel Moore said, “with the health pandemic, we don’t just cross our arms and say, ‘It is what it is.’ We’re taking all types of efforts to flatten the curve, to lower the impact, to save lives. And that’s what I’m asking for us to do with this violent crime. We have a pandemic of crime right now.“
Meanwhile, Los Angeles police department is in deep crisis. The $3 billion police budget was slashed this year by $150 million following widespread social-unrest across the country against police brutality and misconduct.
And as you may have understood, these cuts couldn’t come at a worse time. Their hability to put added resources in the community right now is hampered.
Well, I don’t think this sudden increase in brutal crimes will stop soon in big urban areas. I even project the surge will continue well into 2021.
The present crime numbers are similar to those reported during the last crisis in 2009.
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