FROM Jill Leovy
'Ghettoside' Last year, 260 people were murdered in the city of Los Angeles. People like 20-year-old Christian Blanco, who was killed in a drive-by on December 29. Or Roland Moore, 32, who was stabbed to death on November 1. Or Larry McKay, 16, gunned down on July 17. They all lived in South L.A., and they were all African American. In fact, last year nearly half of L.A. murder victims were black, even though blacks only make up 8 percent of L.A.’s population. That disparity is at the heart of Jill Leovy’s latest book. This segment first aired on 2/4/15.
LAPD Focuses on South LA The Los Angeles Police Department says it’ll send dozens of elite officers into South LA in response to an increase in crime and reported gang violence. The department is highlighting the fact that about half of the 39 killings that happened, in the city as a whole, in the month of August, took place in that area. Will the strategy work? And what’s going on with the crime rate in cities all across the country, and right here in Los Angeles?
Murky Link between SoLA Violence and Social Media Chatter Threats that used to be spray-painted on the sides of buildings are now turning up on line. They might come from anywhere — but they're creating fears in some neighborhoods.
What Does the Rising Homicide Rate Say about South LA? Last month, there were 29 homicides in Los Angeles, compared to 21 in January of last year. That increase has led the LAPD to beef up its presence in the Southeast, 77th, Newton and Hollenbeck Divisions. Extra officers are on duty — and in uniform. LA Times reporter Jill Leovy reported on every homicide that occurred in the year 2007 -- during an epidemic of killing that began in the 1990's. She created the paper's Homicide Report blog and wrote a book, just out, called Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America .
Ghettoside Two hundred and sixty people were murdered in the city of Los Angeles last year. Nearly half of the victims were black, despite the fact that blacks make up only eight percent of L.A.’s population. South Los Angeles is ground zero for the epidemic of black murder in L.A. Most cases there are never solved, and that lack of justice has escalated the murder problem according to a new book by crime journalist Jill Leovy. The book is called Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America.
A Progress Report on California Cops A new poll from the Public Policy Institute of California found that a solid majority of adults think their police departments are doing an excellent or good job. But among ethnic minorities there's a sharp divide. Most whites, Latinos and Asians give local police high marks, but only 36 percent of black respondents do.
Which Way to South Central L.A.? The City of Los Angeles used to have a neighborhood called South Central. But 5 years ago, it got a new name: South Los Angeles . Official maps now use the new designation—but while the place is still there, it’s gone undercover.
Why Don’t Angelenos Care About Gangs? Statistically speaking, gang-related killings are down this year in LA. But as LA Times columnist Steve Lopez points out, “it doesn’t feel like that.” One recent high-profile victim was Jamiel Shaw—known as “Jazz”—a 17-year old high-school football star with no gang connections and a promising future. He was black, and the police think he was killed by Latino gang members. The apparently random shooting occurred in the West Adams district, which straddles the Santa Monica Freeway. He was shot in a neighborhood that’s mixed both racially and economically.
Homicide Rate Drops to 37-Year Low Last year, the number of homicides in Los Angeles dropped to one-third what it was in 1992. Three hundred ninety-two murders is nothing to cheer about, but it's 17.6% fewer than last year. LA isn't the only place where homicides have declined. New York had a good year in 2007, as did Chicago .
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
After Syria strike a new Trump doctrine emerges The President who promised an end to entanglements in the Middle East and snuggled up to Vladimir Putin has now outraged Russia with surprise missile attacks on Syria. That's raised questions about who's running the White House? We hear a variety of answers.