Get serious on DNA funding

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Los Angeles should have “no higher priority than getting rapists and murderers off the streets,” as City Councilman Jack Weiss recently said. And he’s right. But in actuality, there are many, many higher priorities at City Hall. That’s why the city has no problem lavishing 23percent pay raises for bureaucrats, yet it can’t come up with the cash to adequately fund the DNA analysis that’s crucial to solving some of L.A.’s worst crimes – and putting away some of the city’s most heinous offenders. Currently, evidence from some 7,000 rapes and homicides – going back at least a decade – sits in a laboratory. Weiss, who wants to be city attorney, tells a chilling story of a rapist who was able to attack two additional victims – one of them a child – while authorities waited for the rape kit from his first victim to be processed. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThat’s why Weiss is pushing for $10million in city funding to hire 22 new criminalists and four lab technicians over the next two years. The goal is to clear up the city’s massive backlog within 30 months. Getting killers and rapists off the street is not only good for the health and safety of the city, it’s also good for the bottom line, saving millions by preventing crimes before they happen. It’s unconscionable that a rare instance of City Hall penny-pinching should put lives at risk. If city leaders are serious about making public safety L.A.’s top priority, they will waste no time clearing out the city’s DNA-case backlog.last_img

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