This is a statistic no one wants to announce, but the LAPD HQ had to do it this week. They stated their homicides were up 250% while victims shot were up 56%. This took place the week when protests were beginning in George Floyd's name - starting in Minneapolis and trickling to other cities across America.

LAPD HQ wrote, " The week of 5/31 to 6/6, homicides went up 250% and victims shot went up 56% compared to the previous week. The past 24 hrs has seen 4 shootings, one of those resulting in a homicide. Detectives are following leads to ID & arrest the suspects—but we’re also asking for your help."

One might speculate that perhaps if cops were not working at protests, then maybe they'd be working other beats and some of these horrific crimes could've been prevented.

The original protests started on May 26 in Minneapolis and then rocked the rest of the country. Some cities are still protesting, like Philadelphia and Seattle. In fact, it was just three days ago when an article in the LA Times came out that suggested the protests in LA were still growing.

"Thousands of protesters flooded Hollywood Boulevard Sunday night as part of a growing national movement to end police brutality and systemic racism in the United States.

The demonstration, organized by Black Lives Matter and the rapper YG, appeared to be one of L.A.'s biggest protests yet in the wake of George Floyd’s death. Protesters demanded police reforms and for the Los Angeles Police Department to be defunded in favor of programs that benefit poor Angelenos." (LA Times)

The LAPD has other problems.

Democrat mayor Eric Garcetti had previously planned to boost the budget for police, but he's taking it back amid cries to defund police.

"Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced he is scrapping plans for a massive budget boost to the city's police department, amid more than a week of unrest over police brutality.

The Los Angeles Police Department was set to receive a staggering increase in its annual budget to $1.86 billion for the 2020-2021 fiscal year — up about $122 million over last year.

That plan — which allocated a 7% spending increase for the department and nearly $41 million in bonuses — drew widespread fury among residents, especially those who have witnessed violent attacks by law enforcement responding to protesters over the past nine days.

But on Wednesday, Garcetti said he has heard protesters and plans to divert some of the funds that were supposed to go to the police, and use them to address problems in the black community." (NPR)

Crime is up and spending on police will be down.

You can't make this stuff up.