Veterans Row: After second killing, county wants to move people indoors by December

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Douglas Bue, 65, speaks to a deputy with the LA County Sheriff’s Department at the Veterans Row homeless encampment. Bue turned down an offer to go to the Dream Center but still hopes to move inside soon. Photo by Zaydee Sanchez for KCRW.

After the fatal stabbing of an unhoused military veteran outside the VA in Brentwood last week, county officials say they plan to move everyone at the camp into housing by the end of the year. It was the second homicide this year at the same location.

Last week, the LA City Council took a step toward developing an unarmed crisis response program. The idea is to divert certain 911 calls away from armed police and into the hands of trained crisis specialists.

OC police documented 112 hate crimes in 2020, a 35% increase from 2019. And among those, there was a 1,800% increase motivated by anti-Asian hate. That’s all according to a new report from the Orange County Human Relations Commission.