UPDATED 9:35 AM PT – Tuesday, January 26, 2020
Law enforcement agencies in Los Angeles are working to clean up the streets after the Democrat-led city saw a major increase in homicides last year.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) on Monday, the city saw a 36 percent jump in homicides in 2020 and a 41 percent increase in the number of gunshot victims.
LAPD Chief Michel Moore said the trend is due to violent offenders having easy access to illegally possessed firearms, along with the coronavirus pandemic negatively impacting the justice system.
“The isolation, sense of hopelessness and the inability to quell disputes and ready access to firearms, along with a justice system that has been severely impacted has removed many levers that over the last decade has been effective in the reduction of homicides and shooting violence,” stated the police chief.
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Officials noted the increase in homicides is similar to other crime statistics in Democrat-run cities. This includes Chicago, which saw a 50 percent increase, and New York City where murders rose by roughly 40 percent. Additionally, law enforcement said gang violence is to blame.
“We saw increased street gang violence with 55 percent of our homicides being gang-related and a year over year increase of 42 percent in gang homicides,” explained Chief Moore. “Our increased violence in our homeless community with a year over year increase of 11 percent in violent crime.”
In order to combat the rise in crime, authorities are adding investigative units throughout the city focused on gun violence, while actively working to hold those accountable who cause the violence.