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Police Nab Jaywalkers in Downtown Los Angeles

July 18, 1987

So the Los Angeles Police Department is now writing jaywalking tickets in downtown L.A. They have received tremendous press in the process.

As a businessman in this area for several years I have seen and heard of far greater crimes going on in Pershing Square. Almost daily muggings, robberies, shootings or stabbings occur in the park.

Meanwhile on 5th Street between Broadway and Spring, crack dealers are not only selling their product in full view, but they are smoking the stuff without concern of ever being caught.

It seems to me that having anywhere from six to 10 uniformed policemen at the 6th Street intersection handing out tickets to jaywalking "criminals" while the real criminals have full reign of the area is absolutely absurd. This stupidity is a complete waste of taxpayers' money.

DANIEL WERCHOWSKY

Downey

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