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L.A.’s Most Wanted

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! To the cynic, it may look as though the department is padding the list with suspects who are already well within its sights. That way, when the perp gets busted, an otherwise ho-hum arrest becomes big news – Cops Arrest Most Wanted! – and the LAPD comes out of it with some nice press. But maybe LAPD brass and the cynics are both right on this one. Maybe the Most Wanted list is really more of a “most wanted among those most likely to soon be caught” list. And maybe there’s some spin going on here, albeit spin that’s harmless, if not healthy. After all, even if the list is only getting the public to help the LAPD apprehend suspects it might have soon apprehended anyway, getting any criminals off the street – sooner rather than later – is always a good thing. GIVEN the amazing speed with which the Los Angeles Police Department has apprehended three members of its newly minted 10 Most Wanted gangsters list, the list would seem to be either a law-enforcement marvel or a P.R. gimmick. Or maybe it’s a bit of both. Department officials contend that publicizing bad guys’ identities brings in tips that make them easier to catch. They point to the three quick arrests as a great success. That said, it’s hard to understand what puts an offender on the list in the first place. The latest Most Wanted tough, Kody “Monster” Scott, was arrested last week on charges of a beating and car theft – serious crimes, to be sure, but serious enough to warrant a spot on the Most Wanted list in the (sometimes) murder capital of America? last_img read more