Los Angeles: Homicides Soared 250%, Shootings 56%, During Protest Week

Tuesday, the LAPD tweeted:

The week of 5/31 to 6/6, homicides went up 250% and victims shot went up 56% compared to the previous week.

The past 24 hrs has seen 4 shootings, one of those resulting in a homicide. Detectives are following leads to ID & arrest the suspects—but we’re also asking for your help

Per Breitbart, the surge in deadly crimes in L.A. mirrored similar reports elsewhere in the country for the week of May 31 to June 6, when riots and looting exploded alongside “peaceful protests” against the killing of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

In Chicago, for example, May 31 marked the single deadliest 24-hour period in 60 years, with 18 people killed.

Crime escalated, in part, because police who normally would have been patrolling neighborhoods were pulled off the beat to secure downtown areas and commercial districts targeted by looters.

Ironically, L.A.’s grim week coincided with Mayor Eric Garcetti’s announcement that the LAPD budget would be cut by up to $150 million, which is more than two percent of the current total. His announcement encouraged protesters who support calls to “defund” or “abolish” the police.

The money, he said, was to be “reinvested” in “communities of color” — the same communities enduring a crime wave during the Black Lives Matter protests.