(Daily Mail) 50 Cent has claimed Los Angeles is ‘finished’ after the city’s zero bail policy was reinstated.
In May, an LA judge ruled holding inmates to cash bail when they can’t afford to pay was a violation of their constitutional rights – and now critics have said crime in the nation’s second-largest city has got worse because of it.
The hip-hop rapper, 48, wrote on social media: ‘LA is finished watch how bad it gets out there. SMH [shaking my head].’
He posed the words alongside a Fox 11 segment about the policy. In recent years, Los Angeles has seen a spike in crime was the zero bail policy was put in place.
The overall crime rate jumped 11 percent in 2022 compared to 2021. In 2022, there were a reported 60 crimes per 1,000 residents, up from 54 crimes per 1,000 people in 2021.
Rapper 50 Cent claimed Los Angeles is ‘finished’ after the city’s zero bail policy was reinstated
Los Angeles’ spiking crime rate has been a problem since the policy was put in place. In the downtown area there was a 25 percent increase in violent crime – such as rape and murder – in 2022 compared to 2019, according to USA Today.
In the Rancho Park neighborhood there was a 114 percent increase in violent crime between 2019 and 2022, according to the data.
Los Angeles police have blamed the rise in mental illness, an increase in drug use and homeliness that has overrun the city.
‘But it’s not only the unhoused population who is the victim of crime’ councilwoman Traci Park told USA Today. ‘Every day, people out in the neighborhoods or community, people working in local businesses, have been victimized, whether by assaults or armed robberies. It’s pretty commonplace.’
Just weeks ago, LA County Superior Court Judge Lawrence Riff ruled in favor of a group of six activists who brought a lawsuit against the county, alleging that the previous system favored the affluent.
All of the plaintiffs say they have been harmed under the cash bail system.