City Attorney Mike Feuer talks drug crime, Porter Ranch gas leak on Eyewitness Newsmakers

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Eyewitness Newsmakers features Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer and a USC cybersecurity expert. (KABC)

Many critics blame L.A.'s recent increase in crime on Proposition 47, which decreased some criminal penalties to reduce California's prison overcrowding.

On Eyewitness Newsmakers, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer revealed he's doing a federally funded study that will find out if the critics are right. He also told Newsmakers host Adrienne Alpert he's running a pilot program at one LAPD subdivision that is giving more incentive to offenders to get into drug treatment, which could greatly decrease crime.

The city attorney also discusses legal action from the Porter Ranch gas leak, and his part in a nationwide prosecutors' effort to remove guns from domestic abusers.

With legalized pot appearing to be headed for the November ballot, Alpert asked Feuer if that would put medical marijuana out of business.

Later on Newsmakers, Dr. Clifford Neuman, director of the USC Center for Computer Systems Security, discusses the FBI and Apple and the issue of national security versus personal privacy.

Neuman said Apple should comply and unlock San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook's phone. He said if Apple does this voluntarily, it does not create privacy issues for other phones, and Apple would use a vulnerability that already exists in Farook's phone.

Eyewitness Newsmakers airs Sunday morning at 11 a.m. on ABC7.

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