At a recycling plant in San Pedro, Los Angeles County law enforcement officials watched as weapons they’d seized went into a shredder. They say area artists will use the scrap metal from shotguns, pistols and knives to build a peace angel sculpture in LA.
LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck said this is the first time law enforcement agencies have donated potentially lethal raw materials to a non-policing organization.
“It shows what the city and county of Los Angeles are all about," Beck said. "It shows that we take a stand as a community, as artists, as cops, as reporters, as mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers ... that we take a stand against gun violence. And it’s important to us that that stand is represented.”
The non-profit Art of Peace Charitable Trust plans the 3 foot peace angel sculpture as part of a larger monument in downtown LA.