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Violent crime in L.A. is up at midyear point for first time since 2003
Violent crime in L.A. is up at midyear point for first time since 2003

For first time in more than a decade, violent crime in Los Angeles rose during the first six months of the year, according to Los Angeles Police Department statistics. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said the department was "very concerned" about the increase but also noted that overall crime, which includes property offenses such as burglaries, remains down.  Violent crime was up 2.9%, with 8,610 crimes reported in the first six months of the year, compared with  8,371 reported during the first six months of 2013. The increase was driven by a jump in aggravated assaults, which were up 12% compared with the same period last year. The number of aggravated assaults...

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