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There were nearly 400 homicides in LA in 2021, the most in the past 15 years

Officials in their annual look at crime statistics on Thursday said there were nearly 400 homicides in the city of Los Angeles in 2021, the most in a single year in the past 15 years.

The 397 homicides in the city last year were the most since 2006, when there were 480 homicides, according to numbers Mayor Eric Garcetti and LAPD chief Michelle Moore detailed in a presentation at the 77th Street station in South LA.

This was 42 more than in 2020, bucking a similar 12-year trend of declining homicides.

The same culprits behind last year’s increase were the same as years ago, Garcetti and his police chief said: more guns on the street, less anger, and a lack of services to those who need them most. All were a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, he said.

Most of the killings were caused by individual or group disputes: youths easily pointing guns at each other over petty things on social media, or field fights, sometimes killing their intended targets, sometimes Killing innocent bystanders.

“Every police officer here will tell you – it’s the ready availability of guns, and the lack of civility, or the willingness to resort to guns,” Moore said.

“And listening to our advocates, and hearing from our interventionists, the biggest demand is to shut down social media, because it calls for violence. People who have no future, who are insulted by a post, So they go out and hunt, and hunt and shoot and kill someone else on a Facebook post or something they said on Instagram.”

The city’s most vulnerable were again the most targeted: at least 88 homeless people were among those killed, an increase of 22 from a year earlier.

Garcetti said people living in camps across the city were particularly vulnerable to threats of retaliation and violence, sometimes from gang members, sometimes from other homeless people.

“Often it’s around drugs. Often it’s around gangs — sometimes the gang members themselves who are living in our hardest-hit camps,” the mayor said. “We’ve seen stabbings at personal struggles.”

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Far more victims were shot in LA in the past two years. In 2020, the number of people shot was 1,337; Last year it was 1,459. That is, compared to 2019, when 946 people were shot.

To combat gun violence attacks, the LAPD formed a task force that specifically targeted the source of the guns. As a result, police confiscated more guns than in the previous year – 8,661 firearms in stops and raids by number.

Of those, 1,921 were unregistered, often home-made firearms. Called “ghost guns,” they will never pop up in federal databases because they lack registration numbers. Many are built using kits online, with simple tools that complete guns from parts purchased separately. Some ghost gunsmiths use 3D printers to manufacture weapons sold on the street: Moore said the LAPD seized four such printers in raids last year.

Overall, there was more crime in Los Angeles last year than in 2020. But the increase was mostly a return to the crime rate of two years ago.

From last year, all Part 1 offenses – homicide, manslaughter, sex offence, robbery, felony assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft and arson – increased by 4.6%. Property crimes increased by 4.2% and violent crimes by 3.9%.

But compared to the two years, property crimes were actually down more than 5%. Taken together, all Part 1 offenses were down more than 3% over the same period.

Only the most violent crimes were committed over two years: about 4% since 2019.

And compared to the violence of the 1980s and ’90s, the last two years were still the safest in the city’s history. The LAPD released numbers all the way back to 1992 on Thursday — a nearly 65% ​​reduction in every category of crime since that year.

Both Garcetti and Moore frowned at fewer officers patrolling the streets after leaving the LAPD with nearly 500 fewer sworn police than two years ago.

The department’s budget still increased last year, amid the ongoing battle over LAPD funding following historic anti-police protests in 2020. And Garcetti noted that the department made up the difference with more overtime pay for police officers posted to the officers they had.

Whether having fewer cops was actually contributing to the one-year crime increase was not clear from the city’s numbers. Instead, Moore pointed strongly to the disastrous consequences of COVID-19, both financially and psychologically for LA residents, increasing the need for all kinds of services for those left behind.

City and county services are still struggling to meet that need. Usually calm and analytical, Moore spoke with dismay about the cycle of people being arrested, sent to prison, then released without service to prevent them from returning to the road.

“They tell (the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation) when they are released – they have no home. Somehow that is acceptable,” Moore said. “They have no resources. They have no jobs. They have to return to that life.”

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