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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Murder, Rape, Robbery and Assault Skyrocket In Bankrupt Stockton, California

(Billboard as you enter Stockton city limits)
As more towns and municipalities across the country are forced into bankruptcy due to reckless spending and lowered tax revenues, residents of once quiet neighborhoods are waking up to the reality that life as they know it is changing drastically.
(Billboard as you enter Stockton city limits)
In Stockton, California, which declared bankruptcy earlier this year, your chances of becoming a victim of a violent crime such as murder, rape, robbery or assault are 1 in 70, which is nearly four times higher than the national average.
Your chances of being the victim of a property crime are even more likely, with 1 in every 17 residents of the city facing the prospect of having their house broken into or car stolen this year.
This is what happens when a city, county, state or federal government can no longer pay its bills and is forced to lay off workers. In the case of Stockton, the city has cut tens of millions of dollars from their budget, mostly targeting law enforcement and other essential services.
A bizarre shooting spree has broken records in Stockton, making this the most violent year in that city’s history.
…the City of Stockton has seen its most violent year ever – Stockton police tonight are investigating their 56th, 57th, 58th, and 59thhomicides.
“I want people to remember that behind every one of those numbers is a person, and a grieving family,” Silva said.

“This past weekend was obviously one of the most violent weekends we’ve had in Stockton in years,” Stockton police spokesman Officer Joe Silva said.
Silva said investigating teams worked around the clock to solve the grisly crimes, even relying on detectives from other units to help interview witnesses and process crime scenes.
“Right now, we’re working the best we can with limited resources,” Silva said.

“I’ve never seen this many homicides in such a short time span.”
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