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As conspiracy theories spread following Nipsey Hussle’s death, we examine the reality of gang violence in South LA

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 01: People mourn for rapper Nipsey Hussle on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. The Grammy-nominated artist was gunned down in broad daylight in front of The Marathon Clothing store he founded in 2017 on the day he was scheduled to meet with Los Angeles Police Department brass to discuss ways of stopping gang violence.   (Photo by David McNew/Getty Image)
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People mourn for rapper Nipsey Hussle on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

The suspect in the shooting of rapper Nipsey Hussle was arrested on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

The suspect in the shooting of rapper Nipsey Hussle was arrested on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

There has been debate about this was gang-related violence or a personal dispute, which the authorities continue to investigate. We take a look at how the state of gang violence in South LA has evolved over several years and efforts being made to reduce such violence. 

We reached out to the LAPD. They did not get back to us in time for this segment.

Guests:

Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Los Angeles Councilmember representing the 8th District, which encompasses parts of South Los Angeles and spans from Baldwin Hills to the border of Watts; he tweets

Jorja Leap, professor of social welfare and gang researcher at UCLA

Melvyn Hayward, executive director for H.E.L.P.E.R. Foundation, non-profit that provides youth development and violence reduction services throughout Los Angeles County

Connie Rice, civil rights lawyer and co-founder of the Urban Peace Institute, an advocacy group that works towards community safety and fair policing; she is on the board of KPCC trustees

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