Update: July 19. 2014
The violent bank robbery and taking of hostages near Stockton CA has been linked to gang activity but also to the past real estate and city bankruptcy, which could have undermined police protection (a fact which Spurlock mentioned).. Associated Press has the story here. Of course, state police and FBI wouldn't be affected by the bankruptcy. This level of violence is rare, but hopefully is not a trend. One ordinary consumer (Misty Holt-Singh) was kidnapped from the bank and died in the gunfire. Jaime Ramos has been charged with armed robbery, kidnapping ,and may be charged with capital murder under special circumstances, enabling the death penalty (which has been struck down by a federal judge, a ruling that is appealed).