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 .
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.