LOS ANGELES – Mayor Bass today released a statement on National Night Out, an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie, calling for residents and law enforcement to work together in an effort to reduce gun violence in communities across the city. The statement follows two recent mass shootings in Watts.
“Gun violence in our communities must end and my thoughts are with the families impacted by these tragedies,” said Mayor Karen Bass. “Today, I met with the Watts Gang Task Force as they continue to work for peace and de-escalation of violence in the wake of two recent shootings. These recent shootings and homicides are tragic and through collective action, we will work diligently to ensure our young people and their families feel and are safe. The City will work to ensure the victims and survivors receive the services they need to heal and support community-led efforts to rebuild relationships in the community and increase programming and opportunities for youth in the Watts community.”
The Mayor met this morning with the Watts Gang Task Force where she and the task force discussed the various resources necessary in order to make South L.A a safer and more livable city for all.