Friday, February 22, 2008

Glassell Park gang shooting incident yesterday

Yesterday’s gang shootings in the Glassell Park area once again demonstrated our city’s need to make safe communities our top priority.

In the last few years, we have poured additional resources into this area to stop the gang violence that has plagued the neighborhood for decades. LAPD and other law enforcement officers have been active in the neighborhood and were able to intervene immediately to bring safety back to the community. I want to thank the men and women of the Los Angeles Police Department who did a stellar job of responding to this incident. I am committed to working with the police department to make sure it is getting the resources it needs to protect our communities.

I am also committed to creating more opportunities for young people to give them positive alternatives to gang life, including continuing a program I started last year called At the Park After Dark, which kept the Glassell Park Recreation Center open late into the evenings during the summer.