Man Is Shot To Death, Jetty Area 700 block E. Shoreline Drive (Near Villa Riviera/CD 2/Allen); UPDATE: Victim a 43 Yr Old Homeless Man
|(Aug. 6, 2021, 4:10 a.m., updated 10:05 a.m.) -- Initial information is sketchy but LBPD confirms that a man was shot to death minutes before midnight Aug. 5 on the jetty near the 700 block of E. Shoreline Dr. The area is a bit southward of the Villa Riviera and within steps of the entry to Alamitos Beach.
LBPD overnight Watch Commander Lt. Brandon Deis says that on Aug. 5 at roughly 11:56 p.m. officers responded to a shooting on the jetty near the 700 block of E. Shoreline Dr. Both LBPD and LBFD performed life saving measures but the victim was pronounced deceased at the scene,.There's no immediate suspect information in the overnight hours. LBREPORT.com will update this story with further as confirmed.
[UPDATE: In a midmorning (Aug. 6) release titled "Murder Investigation," LBPD adds:
...The victim has been identified as a 43-year-old male Long Beach resident experiencing homelessness. His identity is being withheld pending notification to the next of kin.
The latest LB shooting comes within 24 hours of a double-fatal shooting near the corner of Anaheim St./Pine Ave. (CD1/Zendejas) and just days after what organizers called a "National Night Out" against crime (mainly block parties and meet/greets with officers that didn't address LB's lack of roughly 230 officers that the City previously provided but no longer does.)
On July 19, 2021, the City Council -- which sets LB police levels by its budget actions -- voted (8-0, Austin absent) to approve a Mayor/Management labeled "Safety Recovery Plan" tied in part to a Mayor/management proposed FY22 budget. The plan, sought by the Council following multiple shootings, doesn't restore any of the roughly 230 erased officers, leaving Long Beach without its former LBPD field anti-gang unit and with a thinner per capita officer level than Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Signal Hill. (Chart shows LB police level before Sept. 2020 defunding of 48 additional officers.)
Under the $8.6 million "Safety Recovery Plan" LB taxpayers will spend roughly $4 million for non-police items labeled "prevention" and supported by multiple public podium speakers (including some with ties to groups that stand to receive a share of the money.)
Several public speakers opposed spending sums in the plan that will maintain current police base staffing (depleted by responses to recent shootings) and urged reducing LBPD funding further. Some said Long Beach is over-policed and urged support for what organizers called a "Peoples Budget" that would reduce LBPD levels further.
No public speakers came to the podium to speak in support of maintaining or backfilling current police funding items.
To date, no Long Beach neighborhood group has adopted a voted resolution calling on the Council to restore 48 officers defunded by the Council's Sept. 2020 FY 21 budget vote.
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