LA County Sheriff ‘milquetoast’ on murder in Compton
Sheriff’s Dept. ‘milquetoast in the saddle’; murder count this year, 19, from February through July 9 At one point in 2015, crime and the murder rate appeared to be on the decline in Compton. Longtime residents
Sheriff’s Dept. ‘milquetoast in the saddle’; murder count this year, 19, from February through July 9
At one point in 2015, crime and the murder rate appeared to be on the decline in Compton. Longtime residents were reticent to jump in jubilation because they knew better. They’d seen the crime figures dip, only to spike time, and again.
In 2016 they were again hopeful for a carryover from a moderately peaceful 2015, but they kept their fingers crossed. Sadly, however, the first six months of the year have seen a radical reversible. The murder rate through July is screaming loud like a vulture over a dead carcass.
There have been 19 homicides to date. And not one has been solved. No one has been implicated in the bloodletting. No, not one! Not even in 1-year-old Autumn Johnson’s killing.
Naturally, citizens of Compton want to know why the sheriff’s department has been so ineffective, so milquetoast in the face of the criminal element, here.
Compton is not a sprawling metropolis; in fact, the city is not very big, at all — just 10 square miles and a mite under 100,000 residents, dripping wet.
The City has been smeared by an image of wanton violence since the mid-70s when street gangs spiraled in conflict and gangsta rap famously egged it on. Forty-one years later in Summer 2016, the carnage is nearly at an all-time high. Only two days ago on July 9, two people were hit by gunfire on the same day; one fatally; the other a close call. The victim, a woman was struck several times but lived to talk about it. A toddler, age one, was unharmed in the back seat.
People can bristle about what others say about Compton, regarding the stereotyping and malign of the community, but … it’s the truth. After dark, it’s sheer lunacy to walk the streets. There’s a war zone here akin to Chicago, Mogadishu, the West Bank.
The city pays the sheriff’s department millions for contract patrol services and depends on them to safeguard the citizens of Compton. They clearly flunked — a dismal failure to interdict the criminal element.Over the past 11 months, the department hasn’t solved one open criminal case.
Between February and July 9 this year, 19 murders have occurred — all Black and Latino males. Extending back to August 13, 2015 — nearly one year —25 murders were sent to the L.A. County Coroner.
Again, where is the long arm of the law — namely the L.A. County sheriff Department?