Long Beach Has Had
|(Aug. 21, 2021, 4:55 a.m., updated Aug.21 1:15 p.m.) -- As of predawn Sat Aug. 21, Long Beach has had four shootings in the past two days, five within three days and seven within the past week.
In the most recent LBPD confirmed shootings (LBREPORT.com doesn't report unconfirmed information from police scanners).
Aug. 21, Atlantic Ave/61st St. (CD 9/Richardson): At roughly 1:09 a.m. this morning, officers responded to the area of Atlantic Ave./61st St. regarding a shooting. [The area is a roughly couple of blocks north of the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library, 5870 Atlantic.] Officers found a man (adult) shot/wounded, rendered medial aid and LBFD transported the victim to a hospital, Investigation ongoing (preliminary info per overnight Watch Commander Lt. Brandon Deis.) UPDATE: Furher preliminary info says detectives deterined that two victims were outside a business when a group of male adults approached in a vehicle...and a suspect or suspects (unknown number) fired at the victims. [end UPDATE by PIO Chavarria]
[UPDATE] Aug. 20, 1100 block Walnut (CD 6/Saro): At roughly 9:09 p.m, officers sent to a local hospital a reported shooting. A woman (Adult) says she was in the 1100 block of Walnut when she was struck by gunfire (non-life-threatening injuries). Officers found evidence of a shooting at the location. No known motive of suspect info for now.
Aug 20: 7th St,/Dawson Ave. (CD 2/Allen): At about 9:26 p.m. (last night), officers responded to E. 7th St. at Dawson Ave. (just east of Cherry Ave.) regarding a shooting. They found a man (adult) with a gunshot wound, rendered medical aid and LBFD transported the victim to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Investigation ongoing. (preliminary info per overnight Watch Commander Lt. Brandon Deis) UPDATE: In further preliminary information, A verbal argument escalated to a physical fight among a group of men (adults) and on the suspects fired at the victim. End UPDATE by PIO Chavarria]
Aug 20: 65th St/California Ave. (CD 9/Richardson): At about 2:15 a.m., officers were dispatched to the intersection of 65th/California regarding a shots call. They found evidence including bullet casings indicating a shooting had occurred but no victim was located. (per PIO Mejia.)
Aug 19, 600 Block Olive Ave. (CD 1/Zendejas): A man (adult) says he was walking from his vehicle at about 8:14 p.m. when four male suspects approached him. An argument with the victim followed; one of the suspects assaulted the victim; as the victim returned to his vehicle, he heard presumed shots and saw his vehicle had been struck by gunfire. The victim wasn't hit. Officers found strike marks confirming a shooting occurred. (per PIO Mejia).
As previously reported by LBREPORT.com:
Aug. 18, 900 block Alamitos (CD 1/Zendejas): Man (adult) is shot/wounded (LBREPORT.com coverage here.)
Aug 15. 1400 block LB Blvd. (CD 1/Zendejas): Man (adult) shot/wounded (LBREPORT.com coverage here.)
Aug. 14, 1400 block Gaviota (CD 6/Saro): Man is shot/wounded, vehicles struck LBREPORT.com coverage here.)
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On August 10, the City Council signaled no meaningful dissent from Mayor/Mgm't proposed FY 22 police budget that doesn't restore any of roughly 230 officers defunded by previous and present Councils. No Council incumbent sought to change their current FY 21 budgeted officer level that leaves LB with a significantly thinner per capita police level than LA, Santa Monica, Signal Hill.
In public testimony, over two dozen speakers from various groups urged the Council to defund 25% ($65 million) of LBPD's budget as part of their self-declared "Peoples Budget." Their speakers said LBPD practices violence that doesn't deter violence, said police don't make the community safer and urged diverting current LBPD sums to other spending items they said the community favors.
On Aug 10, no public speakers from any neighborhood, business or community group publicly urged Council to restore any of roughly 230 officers previously erased/defunded.
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.
On July 19, 2021, the City Council 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.
Under the $8.6 million plan, LB taxpayers will spend roughly $4 million for non-police items labeled "prevention." The Council action was supported by multiple public podium speakers, some of whom had ties to groups that stand to receive a share of the money.
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