Los Angeles Experiences Excessive Rise in Homicides

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Los Angeles is experiencing an excessive rise in homicides, the highest since the early 2000s. LAPD announced Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, there are 300 homicides thus far this year.

With nearly a decade of not as many killings springing forth, LAPD is seeking assistance.

A tweet from LAPD, asking for help! State officials are responding and doing what they can to combat the violence. The need for community involvement is at an all-time high, for the first time since reported 2009. “Senseless violence and tragic loss of life,” LAPD said in a tweet.

Death is inevitable, but senseless violence leaves an unraveling of trauma on the families of both the victim and perpetrator as well as the community. LAPD and its residents have had enough.

More often than not, violence leads to a never-ending cycle of retaliation. This vicious cycle usually runs rampant within Black and Brown below poverty communities. Unfortunately, many do not get involved until it hits home.

Los Angeles Police Deputy Chief Emada Tingirides tweeted, “I am heartbroken.”

The city has reached out to the communities highly impacted by violence. This is a way to work together and bring forth needed change to combat the violence.

The murder rate increased by 20 percent in 2020, but overall crime has declined. The numbers today are the highest reported in a decade.

The LAPD has not seen a spike in homicides since 2009; this certainly brings hope that things can and will change. The department is looking forward to a collaborative effort to restore unity within the community; safety is a priority for all walks of life.

Written by Teleza Rodgers
Edited by Cathy Milne-Ware


Newsweek U.S.: Los Angeles Hits 300 Homicides for First Time in 10 Years as LAPD Blighted by Budget Cuts; by Rebecca Speare-Cole

CNN US Crime: Los Angeles Police Department Reports More Homicides Than They’ve Seen In Over A Decade; by Jenn Selva and Hollie Silverman

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