Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Good omens for a new year: LA murder rate plummets to historic low

While I don't live in LA anymore, I was cheered to see that murders are down to their lowest since 1970!

[Los Angeles] is on track to end 2007 with the lowest homicide count since 1970, when L.A. had 1 million fewer residents. Public officials, police and academics give differing reasons for the drop in violence, but it's a phenomenon to be celebrated regardless of its cause....

New strategies from Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton have undoubtedly played a part in the reduction in street killings. They aren't a cure for the social ills that breed gangs -- poverty, drugs, discrimination, a breakdown in the nuclear family, disrespect for authority, media glorification of gangster culture -- and aren't sufficient in themselves to eliminate the problem. But they're part of the solution. Keep them coming. |LA Times|

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