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Stockton police staffing part of increase in violence

STOCKTON, CA - After a second officer involved killing in three weeks, a Stockton police spokesperson acknowledged new staffing has played a role in those types of incidents.

"Where are we going to find them? We're going to them, seeking them out," officer Pete Smith said.

Last Friday, a 32-year-old man was shot and killed by police after he ran from a traffic stop, then grabbed a police baton and began using it. Police said Luther Brown was a documented gang member, whose car was loaded with drugs.

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That followed a similar incident in late March where a 19-year-old gang member was shot and killed after he fired at an officer.

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Smith said the department's "real time policing" approach has played a part. It involves an increased police presence in troubled neighborhoods, as soon as violent incidents take place.

"We as a police department know we're going into a situation, we have to be on our toes. It could turn violent," Smith said.

Stockton police also continue to use five federal marshals to assist with tracking down the city's most dangerous suspects.

By Tim Daly, tdaly@news10.net


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