Murder moratorium begins to honor King

LOS ANGELES The 40-hour period starts at 6:01 p.m. and ends Sunday at 10:01 a.m.

The moratorium coincides with the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., and is intended to promote peace, justice and nonviolence.

One councilmember called the moratorium a silly notion and was skeptical about it's chances for success.

"Those people who normally kill -- if they don't respect the murder laws, why would they respect a moratorium?" asked Councilman Richard Alarcon.

Curtailing crime, activists say, begins with dialogue. They recall a time eight years ago: the shooting death of Lori Gonzalez, the granddaughter of then police chief Bernard Parks. Community pressure on the young gunslingers produced a period of calm.

"We are not asking for law enforcement to step up. We are asking for the people of the community -- it's your turn to be responsible," said activist Lita Sister Herron.


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