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August 1, 1993 | MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This is Los Angeles' killing fields, the city's southern corner where more than 400 people were murdered last year. The area, which stretches from South Los Angeles to the harbor, is so violent that if it were a separate city, it would rank among the nation's top 10 for homicides. Because there are so many murders, the LAPD in 1989 created South Bureau Homicide, a departure from its usual procedure of deploying detectives from neighborhood stations.
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August 27, 2013 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Ruben Vives and Robert J. Lopez
A shooting that left two people dead and one critically wounded in South Los Angeles was gang-related, police said Tuesday evening. The violence broke out about 4 p.m. when a vehicle drove up to a group of men in the 2700 block of West 64th Street and at least one person opened fire, the Los Angeles Police Department said. "There were a number of rounds fired," Capt. Tom McMullen told The Times. Two men in their mid 20s were slain, and the third victim was hit as he was running away.
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July 30, 1995 | JACK CHEEVERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Not long after Lt. Sergio Robleto took command of South Bureau Homicide--the Los Angeles Police Department's biggest and busiest murder squad--one of his detectives had a heart attack right before his eyes. The detective was in Robleto's office complaining about stress. It was 1993 and murder was rampant in South Bureau, which covers the city's southern end. By year's end, a record 411 killings had been reported.
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July 13, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi
The LAPD has declared a modified tactical alert amid a protest in Leimert Park sparked by the George Zimmerman not-guilty verdict in Florida on Saturday night.  The alert applies only to the agency's South Bureau. In a tactical alert, officers can be held over after their regular shifts and they do not respond to low-priority radio calls. An LAPD officer, who did not provide his name, said the alert was prompted by the large gathering, but said he had no estimate as to the size of the protest.
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August 3, 1999 | MATT LAIT and MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Ten years after it was formed to investigate murders in what was then Los Angeles County's bloodiest swath, the Police Department's South Bureau homicide division will be dismantled and its detectives sent back to neighborhood stations, officials said Monday. The dramatic drop in homicides over the past several years has diminished the need for such a large, centralized detective bureau, police officials said. "This reflects a positive change in the community," said Cmdr. David J.
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October 8, 1994 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They sparkle and beckon, luring the eye into an intricate, mesmerizing tunnel of deep-set cold, shiny chrome or gold-plated spokes. Wheel rims make the car, transforming even a rusty junker into a flashy, cherried-out ride. "Killer rims," they're called, $1,500 to $7,000 a set. And now they are living up to their name.
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July 18, 1993 | ROBERT J. LOPEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fueled by a rise in gang violence in South Los Angeles and the Mid-Wilshire area, the city is poised for a third consecutive year of record bloodshed. As of June 21, the Police Department had recorded 476 homicides citywide, 28 more than at this time last year. In 1992, Los Angeles tallied a record 1,095 homicides.
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January 1, 2004 | Jill Leovy and Doug Smith, Times Staff Writers
One intersection. Seven unsolved homicides. That's the tally for the cross streets of San Pedro and 84th dating to the late 1980s. The spot is typical of many in South and Central Los Angeles where extraordinary numbers of people are murdered and the killers are never caught. Unsolved homicides -- killings for which no suspect is ever arrested -- are stacked up block by block, mile by mile, in this part of Los Angeles.
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July 28, 2003 | Jill Leovy, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Police Department detectives buried under an avalanche of homicides in South and Central L.A. during the early 1990s felt something was unfair -- morally wrong, even -- in the way the department handled murders in these areas. Investigators said they suspected they had higher caseloads but had little proof. A Times analysis shows they were right: Workloads for South Los Angeles detectives were nearly 30% higher than those of their West L.A.
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August 5, 1999
When the Los Angeles Police Department's South Bureau homicide division was created 10 years ago there were so many murders in the area that, had it been a separate city, it would have ranked No. 10 in the nation in homicides. It's the South Bureau's relative calm now that makes the decision to disperse its investigators to other parts of the city a reasonable move. South Bureau encompasses a huge, gang-infested swath of Los Angeles.
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September 22, 2011 | By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
Kashmier James had spent most of Christmas Day 2010 with family before heading off in the evening to visit with high school friends in the Manchester Square neighborhood of South Los Angeles. As she arrived at her destination in the 1700 block of 85th Street near Western Avenue, half a dozen people stood talking on the sidewalk. With her 3-year-old daughter still strapped in her car seat, James got out of her vehicle. Within moments, she was hit with a fusillade of gunshots.
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December 18, 2009 | By Andrew Blankstein
Former LAPD Deputy Chief Scott LaChasse on Thursday was named interim chief of the Burbank Police Department, taking the helm of an agency buffeted by multiple investigations and civil lawsuits. LaChasse, 61, a respected and experienced officer who served in the Los Angeles Police Department from 1972 to 2002, will take over for departing Chief Tim Stehr, who will have served about two years when he leaves the department Dec. 31. During his LAPD tenure, LaChasse oversaw 1,600 officers in the South Bureau.
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July 17, 2006 | Matt Lait and Scott Glover, Times Staff Writers
Earl Paysinger doesn't mince words when talking about the 57 square miles of urban landscape he oversees as a Los Angeles Police Department assistant chief. "It's a violent piece of real estate," the 30-year LAPD veteran said. "This part of the city has always been a great challenge for us."
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December 30, 2005 | Jill Leovy, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles police officials are in the process of nearly doubling the number of detectives devoted to homicide cases across the most violent swatches of South Los Angeles. The plan is part of a larger effort to address the hundreds of unsolved homicides in the city's most violent area. In addition to adding detectives, it calls for improving treatment and protection of victims and witnesses, and launching a new billboard campaign to encourage the public to cooperate with investigators.
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January 1, 2004 | Jill Leovy and Doug Smith, Times Staff Writers
One intersection. Seven unsolved homicides. That's the tally for the cross streets of San Pedro and 84th dating to the late 1980s. The spot is typical of many in South and Central Los Angeles where extraordinary numbers of people are murdered and the killers are never caught. Unsolved homicides -- killings for which no suspect is ever arrested -- are stacked up block by block, mile by mile, in this part of Los Angeles.
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July 28, 2003 | Jill Leovy and Doug Smith, Times Staff Writers
The Los Angeles Police Department has for years assigned more detectives per homicide in safer, more affluent parts of the city than in Central and South L.A., where the murder problem is most acute. People killed in the city's most dangerous neighborhoods over the last 12 years have gotten less attention from LAPD investigators, on average, than those killed in West Los Angeles or the San Fernando Valley, according to an analysis by The Times.
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August 27, 2013 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Ruben Vives and Robert J. Lopez
A shooting that left two people dead and one critically wounded in South Los Angeles was gang-related, police said Tuesday evening. The violence broke out about 4 p.m. when a vehicle drove up to a group of men in the 2700 block of West 64th Street and at least one person opened fire, the Los Angeles Police Department said. "There were a number of rounds fired," Capt. Tom McMullen told The Times. Two men in their mid 20s were slain, and the third victim was hit as he was running away.
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July 28, 2003 | Jill Leovy, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Police Department detectives buried under an avalanche of homicides in South and Central L.A. during the early 1990s felt something was unfair -- morally wrong, even -- in the way the department handled murders in these areas. Investigators said they suspected they had higher caseloads but had little proof. A Times analysis shows they were right: Workloads for South Los Angeles detectives were nearly 30% higher than those of their West L.A.
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January 20, 2003 | Jill Leovy, Times Staff Writer
The number of police officers patrolling Los Angeles streets is near a five-year low, and South Los Angeles, even though it leads the city in violent crime, is the area that has lost the most officers, according to Los Angeles Police Department internal reports. The patrol force in the LAPD's South Bureau has shrunk by 106 officers since January, 2001 -- almost equal to the number lost in the city's other three bureaus combined.
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