FROM Jill Leovy
How does gun violence in LA compare to the rest of the US? We just had a weekend of emotional calls from teenagers for stricter gun control and a commitment to fight violence. We talk to a young LA student activist about his experience growing up dodging bullets, and get perspective on violence nationwide from Jill Leovy, who’s spent 10 years reporting on gun violence in LA County. Steve Cayetano (right) with Students Demand Action. Courtesy of Cayetano.
'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?
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.
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 .
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.