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News Release

Friday, March 16, 2018

Media Relations

Chief Beck’s Reaction to Recent Gang Injunction Ruling NR18085ti

Los Angeles: The city of Los Angeles has dramatically reduced gang violence over the past decade by using strategies that combine prevention, intervention, enforcement and rehabilitation. Gang crime is down over 20 percent since just last year and has been cut by more than half since 2008. An important part of these strategies is the intelligent use of gang injunctions to reduce the numbers of victims shot by preventing groups of gang members from congregating on our streets where they become easy prey for rivals intent on homicide. This strategy alone has saved hundreds of lives since its inception and has made all of us safer by reducing gang warfare and both it's intended and unintended consequences. The LAPD will work closely with the LA city Attys office to either appeal this decision or find other ways to maintain this life saving tool.