Los Angeles Police Department

LAPD sending 100 officers into South L.A. amid jump in killings

LAPD sends more officers into South L.A. amid jump in killings

Los Angeles police have sent additional officers into South L.A. as part of its effort to quell a surge in homicides, the LAPD said Thursday. After remaining relatively flat for much of the year, the number of people killed in Los Angeles rose in August, marking a 7% increase compared with this time last year. Across the city, 185 people have been killed from the beginning of the year through Saturday. Nearly half of August’s 39 killings occurred in South L.A., where officials said the Los Angeles Police Department would focus additional resources and double down on community outreach efforts. Police Chief Charlie Beck attributed the majority of the violence to gang...