COMPTON — City officials were strongly critical of a published report this week that some residents and leaders of neighboring Carson are seeking ways to distance themselves from Compton.
"I don't know what they mean by a 'rougher' Compton," Councilman Maxcy D. Filer said at Tuesday's City Council meeting. He was referring to comments made by Carson leaders in Sunday's Los Angeles Times. Among other things, the Carson leaders stated their desire to open a new Municipal Court branch in their city so that their residents would not have to travel to Compton, which has a higher crime rate.
"The people of Carson and Compton, instead of dividing themselves, should bind together" to stop crime, Filer said. "As best as I know gang violence doesn't stop at the city line." Filer said Carson has crime problems of its own.
City Clerk Charles Davis said he was offended when Carson Planning Commissioner Charles Peters stated, "Black middle-class people (living in Carson) worked long and hard to maintain their standard of living and feel it threatened by Compton."