Record low killings seen

Los Angeles Times - - California - — Joel Ru­bin

Los An­ge­les Po­lice Chief Char­lie Beck said Thurs­day that the city is on pace to fin­ish the year with fewer than 300 homi­cides, which would mark about a 75% de­cline in killings since the city’s peak in the early 1990s.

To date this year, 216 peo­ple have been killed at the hands of an­other — com­pared with 236 homi­cides dur­ing the same pe­riod last year. In to­tal, the city fin­ished 2009 with 314 killings. In 1992, nearly 1,200 peo­ple were killed.

Bar­ring a ma­jor surge in crime over the next few months, it would be the ninth con­sec­u­tive year that crime rates have fallen in L.A., Beck said dur­ing a lun­cheon speech held by Town Hall Los An­ge­les.

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