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Apr 2020
Despite people staying home, violent crime in LA ticking back up
Josh Cain

Some things in Los Angeles might be getting back to normal, even as most residents are staying put amid the city and state’s stay-at-home orders:

The Los Angeles Police Department is now getting more calls for service, after a lull attributed to people largely staying at home, with police seeing more violent incidents in the last two weeks than they did the weeks before.

Chief Michel Moore said there’s been an uptick in violence in the back half of April, pushing the city’s violent crime rate closer to where it was before the pandemic hit.

“More aggravated assaults, and more shooting violence,” the chief told the Los Angeles Police Commission on Tuesday.

All this comes after the LAPD received a lot less reports of violent crime in March.

Citywide statistics show that from March 22 to April 18, compared to the previous month, all types of violent crimes fell nearly 11 percent.

And violent crime was already plummeting – for nearly the first four months of this year, it already was down 10 percent from last year.

“In the last two weeks, those numbers are beginning to increase toward a traditional call load,” Chief Moore said, “and traditional levels of violence.”

Moore blamed some of the increases in violence on “gangs going back and forth at each other” over conflicts. He said shootings and aggravated assaults have occurred in LAPD’s divisions covering East L.A., South-Central and parts of South L.A.

Even with the general decrease in crime, there still have been more killings in L.A. this year than for the same period last year – 78 homicides total so far.

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