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? Andrew Blankstein reports on crime and law enforcement for NBC News, and Jill Leovy founded the Homicide Report in the LA Times and is author of the book Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America. They spoke to KCRW's Steve Chiotakis.