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In Silver Lake, Some Believe the LAPD Lacks Transparency, but is that True?

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Hyperion & Sunset | Photo by Atwater Village Newbie via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr


Hyperion & Sunset | Photo by Atwater Village Newbie via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr
Once again, rumblings in the Silver Lake community have painted the LAPD in bad light. Following a series of incidents, some involving gunshots, over the last month, one community member, who wished to remain anonymous, tells LAist that he believes the LAPD is suppressing another robbery trend.

Last year, the Silver Lake community erupted in anger after a handful of street robberies went unreported to the community until hand-written flyers were plastered on the streets and e-mails were sent out by neighborhood activists. That created a storm of buzz among the community, eventually leading to various press events and public meetings. At the same time, five high school students were robbed on the street in Sherman Oaks, but no anger surfaced within the community, perhaps because the local station informed the community once the trend was identified.

Over on the neighborhood council website for the neighboring Atwater Village, which is patrolled by the same division that oversees a part of Silver Lake, one anonymous forum post regarding last night's shooting injury during an attempted purse snatching reads:

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As you may not know, this has not been the first robbery in the area. In fact, since March 16, there have been five robberies within blocks of last night's shooting... Unfortunately, Captain Murphy and the LAPD has done nothing to inform the community of these issues. --4/3/10 Tracy & Hyperion, 11:50AM
--3/30/10 Telsa & Armstrong 4:10PM
--3/28/10 Glenhurst & Silver Lake 10:40AM
--3/27/10 Silver Lake Blvd 8:25PM
--3/16/10 Riverside & Glendale 8:00AM

The close proximity and frequency of the above robberies indicate a serious robbery trend. Until last night's shooting of the 32 year old woman, there has been zero community outreach by the LAPD, LAPD senior lead officers, or Councilmen LaBonge and Garcetti's offices to notify the public of this safety concern. WHY DOES IT TAKE A WOMAN BEING SHOT TO ELICIT A RESPONSE?

Councilmembers Tom LaBonge and Eric Garcetti and the LAPD were not immediately available for comment. Whether there actually is a trend or not, or if the LAPD is or not communicative to the community, one thing is apparent: the Silver Lake community takes crime seriously and wants to be involved, or at the very least, in the know.