Man Is Shot/Wounded in 3300 block of Andy St (CD 9)
|(Aug. 7, 2021, 9:25 a.m.) -- LBREPORT.com has learned that within hours of last night's (Aug 6) the Anaheim/Molino homicide (CD 4/Supernaw), a man was shot/wounded in the 3300 block of Andy St (CD 9/Richardson).
LBPD Public Information Officer Brandon Fahey says that at about 1:55 a.m. Aug. 7, officers responded to the 3300 block of Andy St and found a man (adult) with a gunshot wound. The victim stated he was walking in the area when an unknown male suspect approached him and initiated a verbal dispute that escalated to a shooting. The suspect fled the scene on foot before officers arrived.
"At this time the motive for the shooting is unknown and the investigation is ongoing," PIO Fahey says.
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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