LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Police Chief Charlie Beck said Thursday his department is dealing with an increase in gang crime in Los Angeles.
Joining Mayor Eric Garcetti on KNX 1070’s “Ask the Mayor” program, Chief Beck said there’s no easy solution to the complex issue.READ MORE: Día De Los Muertos Celebrations and Others Return To LA
“The mayor and I both believe that law enforcement is not the only solution to gang violence,” Chief Beck said. “You have to have intervention programs, prevention programs, you have to have re-entry programs.READ MORE: Sigma Nu Fraternity At USC Suspends Member At Center Of Sexual Assault Allegations
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Almost 60 percent of all homicides in Los Angeles last year were gang-related, according to the LAPD Chief.