LB Had 21 Shooting Crime Scenes In June. Long Beach Crime Stats Won't Show Any Of Them. To Show What City Stats Don't, LBREPORT.com Debuts Dashboard Displaying Shootings By Council District...And Now There's A Threat To Continued Access To That Data
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|(July 2, 2020, 12:15 p.m.) -- Do you want to know how many shootings the City of Long Beach had, or your or a particular Council district had, in the past few days, or weeks or months or years? You won't find those data in the city's crime stats. In fact, you won't find ANY shootings listed in the City of Long Beach's crime stats. .
That's because LBPD, like most law enforcement agencies, includes shootings among "aggravated assaults," a collective category that can range from a bar fight with a broken glass to an attempted murder with a firearm. This satisfies federal crime reporting bureaucrats but is useless for local residents and taxpayers.
Some law enforcement agencies -- notably including LAPD -- do list shootings as part of their crime stats. LBPD could do this, and would do this if LB's policy-setting City Councilmen voted to direct LBPD to do this. Thus far, no LB incumbents have moved to do so.
As also indicated below, there is an impending threat to your current ability, and ours, to continue to access this information. We describe it below.
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In June 2020, Long Beach had 21 shooting crime scenes (homicides + persons hit + "no persons hit"). They occurred between June 6 and June 30 in Council districts 1, 2, 4, 6 and 9. Some shooting crime scenes had more than one victim (not indicated below which shows crime scenes, not individual victims) "No person hit" shootings aren't trivial; they reflect bullet casings found and businesses or residences or vehicles (occupied or unoccupied) struck.
For the updating dashboard for July, see below, also on our front page.
LBREPORT.com reports shootings as we learn about them, mainly via police radio scanner audio. However we don't report what anyone can hear on a police radio scanner; among other things, it may not be complete or accurate. We inquire and confirm with LBPD information about every shooting we report.
As LBREPORT.com reported months ago, LBPD is planning to upgrade its radio system to a more efficient digital system. LBPD has indicated to us that it's currently leaning toward doing so in a way that would encrypt (black-out) public access to LBPD radio transmissions. LBREPORT.com reported on the issue here and here and editorialized on it here,
LBPD could upgrade to its new more efficient digital radio system without encrypting (blacking out) public access to its police radio communications. LB's policy-setting City Council could direct LBPD to continue to allow public access to LBPD radio communications. The Council hasn't done so.
Without continued access to police radio communications, we and you would have no consistent way to learn when or where shootings occur and with what LBPD responses and results. That information might be available after-the-fact but it would be entirely dependent on and ultimately controlled by LBPD.
Among those we expect will support encrypting (blacking out) police radio communications will be the Long Beach Police Officers Ass'n (citing officer safety, as police radio audio is now accessible via smartphones.)
In November, 2020, three LB Council districts (2, 6 and 8) will have runoff elections. Each of those elections offers opportunities for the incumbents and those seeking to replace them to commit, or not, to agendize a Council item to protect the public's current access to LBPD radio communications.
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