Latino and Black victims account for nearly all of L.A.’s surge in homicides

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LAPD Chief Michel Moore calls for community help in solving increasing violent crime in South L.A. alongside other city officials and community leaders in October.(Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times)

LAPD Chief Michel Moore calls for community help in solving increasing violent crime in South L.A. alongside other city officials and community leaders in October.(Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times)

The surge in homicides in Los Angeles since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic has played out almost entirely among Latino and Black victims, according to a Times analysis of Los Angeles Police Department data.

The figures reflect wide disparities in public safety across the city, experts say, as well as compounding trauma for communities of color hit hard by past gang violence and devastated at disproportionate rates by the economic and social upheaval of the last 18 months.

Police attribute much of the latest violence to gangs, but the impact has been felt by victims old and younghomeless and housed, sitting in their cars and working a shift.

“It speaks to the two Los Angeleses,” said Jorja Leap, a UCLA professor and longtime government consultant on L.A. gangs. “I am deeply concerned.”

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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