UPDATED 9:06 AM PT – Monday, December 6, 2021
Liberal lawmakers and activists are facing criticism over the rise of crime in Los Angeles. Current and retired police officers are writing op-eds and speaking to media about their frustration over Proposition 47 and justice reforms in the city.
The officers suggested the spike in smash-and-grab robberies and the murder of Jacqueline Avant could have been potentially prevented if lax sentencing was addressed. Many have pointed to the wrap sheet of the suspect in Avant’s murder as evidence that violent crimes should carry longer sentences.
Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom has defended Proposition 47. He even blamed police and prosecutors by saying the threat of arrest is deterrent enough.
“It seems to me that there is deterrence when people are arrested for breaking the law and are prosecuted, so we needs arrests and we need prosecutions,” he stated. “We need people held to account. No one condones that behavior, quite the contrary.”
According to the Biden White House, the smash-and-grab robberies in CA are due to COVID and not insane liberal policies, Soros DAs, and Prop 47.
Have you ever seen a more disconnected political party?
— Buzz Patterson (@BuzzPatterson) December 2, 2021
Dozens of law enforcement officers have asked for help, saying criminals are being released on little to no bail and are often times re-offending.