The recent crime wave in Los Angeles appears to be continuing unabated, with a “flash mob” of around 100 looters filmed attacking a 7-Eleven near Figueroa Street and El Segundo Boulevard. The suspects allegedly threw objects at employees and left with whatever they could carry, including cigarettes, lottery tickets and snacks, and are still at large, according to police. Here is what happened.
The incident happened just after midnight on Monday August 15 in the Harbor Gateway section of Los Angeles. The looters were caught on camera and many of them didn’t even bother to hide their faces.
The looting happened during a street takeover, where drivers locked an intersection so they could make “doughnuts”, authorities said. “On August 15, 2022, around 00:40 a.m., a street takeover was initiated at the intersection of Figueroa Street and El Segundo Boulevard,” the LAPD said in a statement. “Motorists flooded the intersection and blocked traffic with their vehicles in all directions to create a ‘pit’ in the middle of the intersection. During the incident, onlookers got out of their vehicles and watched the motorists drive recklessly in a maneuver known as ‘doing donuts.’ The maneuver involves deliberately losing traction from the tires while driving in a circular motion and continuing to accelerate. This results in a series of streaks skid marks left on the road.
“Bystanders then formed a ‘flash mob’ of looters and rushed to a nearby 7-Eleven located at the northwest corner of Figueroa Street and El Segundo Boulevard,” the LAPD statement continued. “Store CCTV showed the looters fanning out through the store and seizing all snacks, drinks, cigarettes, lotto tickets and other merchandise. The looters also vandalized the store and threw merchandise at employees. The looters are then exited the store to the surrounding parking lots and streets, and quickly dispersed before the police arrived.The term “flash mob” was first used to describe a large public gathering in which people perform an unusual or seemingly random act and then disperse, usually organized by means of the internet or In the latest cases, however, “flash mobs” have evolved from fun and spontaneous events to opportunistic criminal events.”
This recent incident at 7-Eleven is just the latest in a wave of looting and robbery in Los Angeles Angeles, with many crimes committed in broad daylight. According to LAPD data, violent crime has increased by 60%. “During this year, the Department has experienced an increase in robberies in various communities in the City of Los Angeles,” the LAPD said in a press release. “Most concerning is that there has been an increase in the levels of violence used in these robberies and the frequency with which a firearm has been used. At the police board meeting on March 22, 2022, the Chief Moore discussed citywide theft statistics, crime prevention techniques, situational awareness and mitigation.
One of the reasons for the wave of looting could be California law. Under Proposition 47 (a referendum passed by California voters in 2014)shoplifting under $950 is considered a misdemeanor (previously it was $400).
“In 2011, our prisons were packed, and California was ranked first or second behind Texas as having the highest per capita incarceration rate of any state in the country,” says Charis Kubrinprofessor of criminology, law and society at the University of California, Irvine. “It was so bad that the Supreme Court stepped in and told us we had to reduce our prison population by 33,000 people. So the goal of Proposition 47 was to limit our prison population, to reduce the number of people that we’re sending to state prisons. Prop 47 achieved that without driving up crime rates.”
California Congressman Rudy Salas introduced a bill to reduce the amount a suspect can steal to $400, for a felony charge. “Enough is enough, we need to fight back against the criminals who are stealing from our communities,” the Democrat MP said. according to Daily Mail. “We’ve seen the unintended consequences of Prop 47 weakening our theft laws and I think California voters are ready to raise their voices on this issue again.”