INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Residents are reporting a shoe store was robbed today that is located across the street from SoFi Stadium.
Residents posted photos on social media showing bullet holes in the glass leading into Shoe Palace which is located in the shopping center where fans attending games at SoFi regularly congregate before and after kickoff.
Residents continue to speak out on the uptick in crime in the City that is regularly discussed in social media groups that have been switched to private to keep prying eyes out.
Inglewood mayoral candidate Fredrisha “Sha” Dixon has become a regular fixture at the city council meetings discussing the lack of police services and suggested with the massive reduction of officers within the Inglewood Police Department that they be absorbed by an outside agency.
She spoke at the Oct. 18 regular city council meeting during public comment on what she believes is a lack of urgency to address crime in the City.
“I’m concerned about the lack of safety being provided to our community by the Inglewood Police Department and Butts it is disappointing that you have experience as police officer and chief but our department has not improved under your leadership,” said Dixon. “Violent crimes have remained high, rapes have doubled, and we no longer have a narcotics department.”
She cited the arrest of a long-time police officer on federal drug trafficking charges and an historic drug seizure that IPD wasn’t apart of.
“I also want to mention the unsolved murder of Hakeem Kent,” said Dixon. “It is disturbing to know the mayor and chief of police had the opportunity to take the weapon off the street but failed to do so.”
Butts then had her mic cut off for going over the allotted one minute timeframe and when she continued you could hear City Clerk Aisha Thompson and Councilwoman Dionne Faulk laughing at her.
Inglewood Mayor James Butts Jr. continues to reject the notion that crime is up in the City.
The City hasn’t held a police commission meeting since five officers killed a couple that were asleep in their car on Manchester Blvd. and despite handing out unprecedented raises to the police unions, they continue to leave for outside agencies.
Instead of having Police Chief Mark Fronterotta present during city council meetings, Butts brings up Cpt. Marie Dibernardo to address Dixon’s comments on the crime and narcotics unit.
He called Dixon’s assertion that the narcotics unit being shutdown by the FBI was “maliciously false” however, members of the unit were returned to patrol around the time of the detectives arrest which is corroborated by social media posts by the department.
Dibernardo wasn’t there to offer explanations on what is going on, but more so to co-sign what the mayor was saying. He addressed the fentanyl bust that occured which is typically done in coordination with the LA Impact task force which under normal circumstances includes a member of IPD.
In the case of the “historic” drug bust, Inglewood had no parts of it.
The mayor instead said Inglewood had “knowledge” of what was transpiring but didn’t feel the need to put out a press release about it.
He is correct. When Inglewood Police Officers killed a man a few weeks ago not a single traditional media outlet covered the shooting because the City never acknowledged it happened. How much will the presumed lawsuit cost taxpayers?
Suppressing news from the public doesn’t mean crime isn’t occurring. It means the City’s main interest is ensuring that fans continue to pour into these entertainment venues at the residents expense.
How does the media continue to pounce on Sheriff Alex Villanueva for not acknowledging what they believe is going on in his wheelhouse, while giving Butts the freedom to deflect and coordinate a media blackout on what’s going on in Inglewood?
Alexa play “For the Love of Money”.