UPDATE: Soon after this issue of GT was sent to press on Tuesday, Feb. 26, news broke of two shootings in Santa Cruz—one on North Branciforte Avenue in which two Santa Cruz Police Department officers were killed and another on nearby Doyle Street in which the suspect was killed. Detective Sgt. Loran "Butch" Baker—a 28-year-veteran on the force—and Detective Elizabeth Butler, who has been on the force for 10 years, are the first officers in the history of the city to be killed in the line of duty. Stay tuned for more information on this shocking incident.
City officials and police address a recent crime wave
In the wake of several devastatingly violent crimes in Santa Cruz this month—including one that left a man shot to death in front of a popular downtown bar—many in the community are starting to fear for their safety.
Public officials and police, who have been calling the rash of recent incidents a “crime wave,” say preventing this kind of violence in the future will require a lot of community input. But some Santa Cruz locals say they are fed up.