Thursday, May 10, 2007

Surge Failing, Violence Rising

No, we're not talking about Baghdad. Violence in the Crown City is threatening to undermine claims of success for Operation Safe City. Mary Frances Gurton reports for the Star-News:

Escalated gang-suppression efforts by the Pasadena Police Department will continue indefinitely following the shooting deaths of two men this week in the most recent spate of violence in the city, officials said.

The three-month-long effort, dubbed Operation Safe City, began after a surge of six shootings left two young men dead in early February. It had been scheduled to end Wednesday, according to Pasadena police Chief Bernard Melekian.

But that deadline is now forgotten as the department tries to figure out how to quell the killings.


So much for Mission Accomplished. Unfortunately, the violence isn't limited to shootings.

Later, around 4:40 p.m., a stabbing was committed in the 700 block of East Orange Grove boulevard, said Cmdr. John Perez. The assailants were two male Latinos and the victim an African-American man.

Talking to a friend who lives in North Pasadena (not far from the recent violence) last night, I discovered that he was unaware of any of the three shootings or the stabbing. That fact seems hardly surprising given the coverage the shootings intially received and the general difficulty for average folks to know what's going on in their community (even people like ourselves who are keeping eyes peeled for this kind of news).

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