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Murders in Los Angeles have reached a ten-year high


In 2021, the Los Angeles Police Department reported a staggering 37 percent increase in homicides, as well as a 59 percent increase in death due to shootings, compared to the previous year.

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According to Los Angeles Police Department, the overall crime rate in the city of Los Angeles decreased while the rate of homicides increased. According to Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Chief Michel Moore, there will be a 37% increase in the number of murders attributed to street gangs in 2021, and he believes the overall spikes in killings and shootings are also related to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

“When we look at the underlying influences of that street violence...those involved with gangs continues to be the highest area of concentration,” said LAPD Chief Michel Moore

So far in 2021, 141 people have been murdered, a 22% increase over the same period in the previous year. Six hundred people have been killed by gunfire in shootings in 2021, a 59% increase from this time last year.

In 2020, guns were used in 73 percent of homicides, resulting in 258 deaths. Knives and other cutting instruments were used in 37 deaths, accounting for 10% of all homicides.

According to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Crime Dataset, 256 firearms, 37 cutting instruments, and 46 other/Miscellaneous methods as they define it, were used for homicides in 2020, as per the 341 homicide reports released by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).

According to Crosstown's 2019 homicide report, guns were used in 68 percent of all homicides, while cutting instruments were used in 7 percent of cases. In 2020, 46 percent of those killed by violence were Hispanic, while 37 percent were Black. Men made up more than 85 percent of the victims, according to LAPD data.

Los Angeles homicides, 2010-2020Source: LAPD Crime Dataset

Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Chief Michel Moore stated in January 2021 that the increase in homicides is due in part to frustration exacerbated by the pandemic. In response to a spate of shootings in November 2021, he stated that individuals may be more prone to violence after months of isolation and few job opportunities.

This increase in homicides is extremely concerning because it occurred at a time when overall crime dropped by 12% in 2020.

“It’s not isolated just in Los Angeles, It's across the county and major cities across the country. And in many instances, actually higher increases of that violence in those other parts of the country.” said LAPD chief Michel Moore

On August 11, 2020, a four-year-old Black girl was murdered in Gramercy Park. On May 31, 2020, an 85-year-old Hispanic woman was murdered in Larchmont. Both of them are the youngest as well as the oldest people respectively, to die because of homicide in 2020.

According to Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) chief Michele Moore, The overall crime rate decreased by 6% between January 1 and the first week of June, with the decrease being heavily weighted by fewer property crimes, which are far more common than violent crimes but In recent months, there has also been an increase in the number of stolen cars.

According to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), officers' gunfire struck people 12 times in 2020, a 43% decrease from the number of police shootings in 2019. As per the report, the person being confronted was armed with a firearm in half of the shootings, and with the exception of one, the person was armed with some kind of weapon.

LAPD report also clarified that none of the people shot by officers were homeless.

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