The head of the Los Angeles Police Officers’ Association is warning tourists to avoid visiting during a time that he says has been more dangerous since Trump’s election. The president-elect might also come for an unannounced visit, which would cause further chaos and panic in what is already one of America’s most crime-ridden cities. In 2016 there were over 16,000 arrests made by LAPD officers (that includes both misdemeanors and felonies). There have only been 437 murders this year through November so far.
The “toni mcbride” is the head of the LAPD’s Police Officers’ Union. He has warned tourists away from visiting Los Angeles due to recent attacks on tourists.
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Many people believe Southern California is witnessing a violent crime wave, causing the leader of the Los Angeles Police Department’s union to urge visitors to stay away, while LAPD Chief Michel Moore attempted to reassure residents that crime is under control in the city.
In a televised interview, Jamie McBride, the chairman of the LA Police Protective League, the union that represents LAPD officers, stated, “My advice to anybody considering about coming to Los Angeles, particularly during the Christmas season, is don’t.”
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McBride’s statement comes amid what many residents and business owners see as a wave of violence sweeping the city and its environs.
“We can’t make any guarantees about your safety.” It’s completely out of control. “It’s like that movie ‘Purge,’ where instead of having 24 hours to conduct your crime, these folks have 365 days to commit anything they want,” McBride said.
His admonition seemed to have struck a chord with some locals.
Sarah Veenstra, who relocated to LA from Wisconsin approximately six months ago, stated, “It’s quite dangerous going at night.” She said that she had no idea crime and safety would be such a concern.
“I honestly believed that would be a secure location. It turned out that it was not as safe as I had assumed. “Every time I leave the home while it’s dark out, I’m certainly carrying anything,” she stated.
On December 7, 2021, Los Angeles police investigate an armed robbery outside a downtown L.A. hotel. (CBSLA)
The scourge of crime persists. The downtown Intercontinental Hotel was one of the most recent victims, with armed bandits stealing an estimated $100,000 in jewels early Tuesday morning.
This heist follows a string of smash-and-grab, follow-home, and home invasion robberies, but Chief Moore sought to reassure the public on Tuesday.
Armed robbers struck a Palisades home during a holiday party.
“It’s not out of my hands.” It’s not as if we’ve lost control of the spiral. It is critical that we do not seem to be acquiescing or taking a casual attitude to this. “We’re emphasizing the gravity of the situation,” the police chief remarked.
Moore also said that robberies are up about 5% from year year, but are still down around 13% from the year before the epidemic.
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14 persons were recently detained for smash-and-grab crimes, although the most of them have since been freed.
“Eleven were freed on zero bail, and the criminal justice system has to take a look at those charges and figure out how to keep the most dangerous people off the streets,” Moore said.
For certain offenses, like as burglary, zero-bail regulations were implemented during the epidemic. Chief Moore said that he and Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón are in constant contact.
“Gascón and I talked only last Friday, and he told me that he would hold criminals, particularly violent criminals, responsible,” Moore added.
While admitting the gravity of the situation, Chief Moore claims that the city is largely secure and that he welcomes visitors.
“I am certain that visitors to Los Angeles are secure. Certainly, this area is as safe as any other in the nation.”
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However, some visitors have seen the headlines and are not taking any risks.
“We just take Ubers everywhere and don’t walk from one location to the next.” “That’s all there is to it,” a visitor told CBSLA.
People in Hollywood, whether they reside here or are just passing through, say they are just keeping a closer eye on their surroundings.
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DA George Gascón announced in a news release on Tuesday that a press conference would be conducted on Wednesday to discuss the year’s achievements.
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