LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Police say there were 84
homicides in the city from June through August - the fewest summer
slayings since the summer of 1967, when there were 79 killings.
Chief William Bratton released the homicide statistics Tuesday,
adding that all categories of violent and property crimes are down
from last year.
Homicides peaked in 1991, when summer saw 323 killings in three
The police chief attributes the continued decline in part to the
department's use of detailed crime maps to deploy officers to crime
centers, the mayor's anti-gang initiative and the hiring of new
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