98+ " When 14 Yr Old Cambodian Child Is Found Shot To Death In Killing LBPD Investigates As Gang Related, Newly Elected Councilwoman Suely Saro -- Who Opposes Restoring LBPD's Field Anti-Gang Unit -- Says "Donít Be So Quick To Judge When 'Gang-Related' Is Mentioned" And Offers These Diversions
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When 14 Yr Old Cambodian Child Is Found Shot To Death In Killing LBPD Investigates As Gang Related, Newly Elected Councilwoman Suely Saro -- Who Opposes Restoring LBPD's Field Anti-Gang Unit -- Says "Donít Be So Quick To Judge When 'Gang-Related' Is Mentioned" And Offers These Diversions



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(December 19, 2020) -- As previously reported by LBREPORT.com, a 14 year old Cambodian child, Arthur Touch, was found fatally shot on Dec 16. in the 1400 block of St. Louis Ave. (Council district 4, just blocks east of border with Council district 6.) LBPD is investigating the killing as gang related.

In response, CD 6's newly elected (Nov. 3) Councilwoman, Suely Saro -- who stated during her campaign that she doesn't support restoring LBPD's field anti-gang unit [which the now-former incumbent, Dee Andrews, likewise failed to restore] -- posted the following message on her Facebook page.

I am lighting incense and send my prayers and deep condolences to the family of Arthur Touch, a 14-years-old, 6th district resident and Poly High School student murdered Wednesday night. They still need help to find the perpetrator. Please Donít be so quick to judge when "gang-related" is mentioned. On top of a pandemic, our communities continues to be underseiged with layers of chronic issues that needs [sic] attention and work. Investments in our community to prevent violence must be made, in addition to pandemic relief and recovery. It will take all of us and we have our work cut out for us. #violenceprevention #communityinvestment #communityresouce #communitysolution

I am lighting incense and send my prayers and deep condolences to the family of Arthur Touch, a 14-years-old, 6th...

Posted by Suely Saro on Friday, December 18, 2020






In 2018, LB's Financial Management Department told LBREPORT.com that restoring 10 citywide deployable officers (fully turned-out/equipped) would cost (figure for rough budget estimate purposes) about $2 million. That would put the budgeted cost of restoring LBPD's field anti-gang unit (20 officers + 2 sergeants) at a little over $4 million.
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