The Los Angeles Police Department is responding to an incident involving a dead body hanging from a tree by the Griffith Park merry-go-round on Tuesday afternoon, NBC Los Angeles reported.
Firefighters were the first to get on the scene, and they said that they are currently assisting in “body recovery”, according to a statement from the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The statement added that the age and gender of the person are unknown at this time.
Downtown Los Angeles Scanner tweeted that it could be a “possible homicide.”
Crime scene is up
— Downtown LA Scanner (@DowntownLAScan) August 9, 2022
According to ABC Los Angeles, homicides hit their highest level in the city in 15 years in the first half of 2022, with 181 people victims as of mid-July.
Crime is considered a hot-button political issue currently, as it continues to heavily impact urban areas. In major cities, some have attributed this to the policies for district attroneys like George Gascon of Los Angeles, or former San Fransico District Attorney Chesa Boudin.
As RedState reported Tuesday, Gascon has recently recieved backlash for working to scrap the death sentences of some convicted criminals.