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Number of aggravated assaults in L.A. rose during first half of 2014
Number of aggravated assaults in L.A. rose during first half of 2014

Led by an increase in aggravated assaults, violent crime in Los Angeles rose during the first half of 2014, marking the first such increase in more than a decade. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck announced the mid-year statistics Wednesday, saying his department was "very concerned" about the 2.9% increase in overall violent crime, a category that includes homicide, robbery, rape and aggravated assaults. Overall crime numbers—which include both violent and property offenses—were down 5.4% so far this year, according to LAPD data. But the rise in violent crime is especially notable because it's the first mid-year bump since 2003, when then-LAPD Chief William Bratton implemented CompStat, a data-...

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