New Effort to Fight Gang Crime in Central & South LA to be Unveiled
As this year's lower murder rate closes in on last year's and after an especially bloody weekend (and deadly July that left around 30 dead), Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and LAPD Chief William Bratton will release a plan today that is supposed to put the damper on an increase in gang violence in central and South L.A.
"While gang crime in Los Angeles is down overall, a recent gang crime trend in Operations South Bureau and Operations Central Bureau has been detected," the LAPD statement said yesterday, announcing a press conference this morning. Some suspect the hot weather--summer tends to always see a rise in crime--and the poor economy as seeds to the recent upsurge in gang violence.
The plan will be multi-agency crackdown including the LAPD, the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the U.S. Marshals Service, and the California Highway Patrol, according to the Daily Breeze.