LOS ANGELES, CA – After the city of Los Angeles defunded its police department, violent crime skyrocketed which left citizens demanding something be done to curb the violence.
Now, city leaders, who acknowledge the spike in crime, are saying they are starting to make headway in decreasing violent crime.
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Both the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office have reported increases in violent crime throughout 2021.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has even reported that violent crime has significantly increased from 2019 to 2021. While there are varying opinions as to why crime has increased in the area, leaders in the area directly blame the pandemic as the cause.
Regardless of why crime is spiking, the City of Los Angeles has seen a 3.9 percent increase in violent crime overall while homicides have spiked 11.8 percent.
The percentage of people who had been shot in 2021 also increased by 9 percent while property crimes saw an increase of 4.2 percent.
In Los Angeles County, Sheriff Villanueva reported:
“[A] two-year jump – this is comparing 2019 to 2021 – that was a 94.24 percent increase in homicides, huge number. A 64.88 percent increase in grand theft auto. That’s the bad news.”
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Villanueva broke down the increases in homicides since 2019 where they reported 145 total cases for the year. In 2020, the agency worked a total of 199 and it is believed the total number of homicides reported in the county area is around 280.
Sheriff Villanueva points the blame directly on the pandemic and societal changes. He said:
“A lot of these have to do definitely with the pandemic and just the changing societal patterns of behavior, and who’s at home and who’s not.”
While there have been increases in crime in Los Angeles County, Sheriff Villanueva also wanted to point out that there have been reductions in crime in other areas, like burglaries. But, as the Sheriff puts it, that could mainly be because more people were home during the lockdowns. He said:
“We had a big drop in burglaries, 19.39 percent, because, duh, everybody’s home.”
As a result of the increase in violent crime, the Los Angeles Police Department has focused on violent crime and taking illegal guns off the street.
Democratic Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who in 2020 defunded the police agency by $150 million, now says:
“We [Los Angeles Police] focused on ghost guns, including a federal task force that we’re part of, doubling the number of ghost guns seized this last year, getting 2,000 of these firearms off the streets in a major win.”
Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore noted the agency has created a violent crime task force which is designed to put the limited number of officers they have on foot patrols in the areas most impacted by violent crime. He said:
“Our focus this year has been to shift our resources on this violent crime, particularly shooting violence and robberies, particularly robberies in the second half of the year, where we saw the increase in their representation in the number of robberies involving a firearm.
Our homicide arrests with those added resources increased 37 percent – 429 homicide arrests last year. That’s a 47 percent increase from two years ago.”
The police detective warns that no one in the area will be able to keep you safe.
The message from LAPD Detective Jamie McBride came in the first full week of December, warning anyone who is considering visiting Los Angeles to think twice because they could become a victim in a crime.
McBride blames the raise in the crime rate on one main reason – the liberal approach to criminal justice reform.
McBride spoke to “Fox & Friends First” to explain why and how he has decided to put forth such a dire warning to potential tourists. He said:
“We’re [police] wondering how many times somebody has to be arrested here in L.A. before they stay in jail. It’s sad to say, but it’s almost safer to hang out with Alec Baldwin on a movie set than go shopping in Los Angeles right now.
That’s how crazy it is. It is so violent. We’re telling people don’t visit because we don’t think we can keep you safe right now. And that’s just sad to say.”
McBride continued and placed some of the blame on Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom:
“You’d have to start with the governor, Gavin Newsom…he’s advocated with the ACLU for Proposition 47 as well as George Gascon, who authored that bill…Gavin Newsom needs to be gone.
We need to work on changing these laws back to make it tougher on crime. We need to get rid of these so-called progressive district attorneys. They are advocating for the criminals. It’s almost like it’s [a] shame on you if you’re a victim.
It’s like it’s your fault, and that’s the way they see it…There’s a lot of cleanup to do, but we need to take back the streets. And to be honest with you, it shouldn’t matter if you’re a Republican or a Democrat.
I think we should all want to feel safe in your home, and we should be tough on crime, and that’s where it starts. We have to start from the top and clean house all the way down.”
Proposition 47, which McBride refers to, was passed into law in 2014 and allowed several non-violent felonies to be downgraded to misdemeanors.
This meant that many property crimes, unless the value of the items stolen or damaged reaches and exceeds $950, would be nothing more than a misdemeanor.
And as such, those who have been arrested, regardless of evidence of guilt, were most likely set to be released with a court date.
This is something that critics of the Proposition say is allowing the organized crime wave that the area is seeing in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and elsewhere in the state. Tracy McCray, the Vice President of the San Francisco Police Officers Association said:
“Exacerbating the situation is San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin’s insistence on dropping or downgrading charges of those caught red-handed that allows those very same crooks to further victimize our communities over and over again.”
Another issue noted by McBride is the zero bail policy which forces the courts to consider if a defendant has the financial means to post bond.
This simply means that anyone who claims that they are indigent, unless they have committed a violent felony, be immediately released without having to post bail.
The increased crime rate in California has been noticed by everyone, including Newsom himself, who basically alludes that law enforcement and prosecutors are not doing their jobs. Newsom said:
“Police need to arrest them [criminals]. Prosecutors need to prosecute them. Judges need to hold people accountable for breaking the law. These are not victimless crimes, and I have no empathy for these criminal elements.”
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