Tuesday, April 12, 2022

The result of decarceration

The United States Postal Service has temporarily stopped its mail delivery service to a neighborhood in Santa Monica, California, citing repeated incidents of violence against its mail carriers since the start of the year.

In a letter sent Thursday, the agency notified all residents on the 1300 block of 14th Street in the city that, in order to maintain the safety of its mail carriers, paper mail would no longer be delivered to their homes.

The agency called the decision "unfortunate" but advised residents that "the Postal Service does not enter into decisions to suspend service lightly."

"Multiple carriers have been subjected to assaults and threats of assault from an individual who has not been located or apprehended. The safety of our employees and of the mail they deliver to you is our highest concern. Until we can ensure the safety of both, delivery services will remain suspended," the letter stated, according to KCBS-TV.

CBS News identified the suspected attacker as 38-year-old Devon Morgan, reporting that he was arrested on an unrelated vandalism charge on Friday and has been booked into Los Angeles County Jail several times. As of Tuesday morning, the online jail roster showed no current inmates by that name. 

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