He said: “I have been in this field for 42 years and have never experienced a similar experience.”
Many of the tools used by Chief Sepid during his career, including meeting with the families of victims, comforting them, and, most importantly, trying to prevent retaliatory killings, have been weakened by the pandemic.
He said: “There is no way to zoom with that family.” “They must see your eyes, they must feel your heart, they must feel who you are, and you must feel who you are.”
Chief Cespedes said he is trying to understand why in Alameda County, including Oakland, many of the same areas have been hit hardest by the coronavirus and have the highest violence.
At a recent virtual meeting of the Police Commission, Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore spoke of the city’s success in reducing gun violence in recent years. He said homicides in central and southern Los Angeles have risen by about 50%.
He told the committee: “We have seen an increase in guns, an increase in people carrying guns and the escalation of disputes into gun violence.”
He said that the department is still analyzing data to determine why so many homicides have occurred, but he pointed out that this is a trend line across the United States. The pandemic may have exacerbated this trend. The pandemic has affected community plans. It is believed to help young people stay away from crime.