For those of you who live in purple to Red states, this story will seem almost unbelievable.
As part of the progressives plan for “Social Justice”, our jails in CA have been mostly emptied, because of CV-19, and criminal sentencing criteria now allows for no bail and theft up to $750 before considered a felony.
Just like the St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner and Chicago’s Kim Foxx, the State’s Attorney for Cook County, Illinois, Diana Becton, the first-term Costa County District Attorney here in California was brought in to punish law-abiding citizens while protecting law-breaking criminals.
Soros and leftist mega donors give thousands of dollars in donations to get progressive leftist politicians elected in District Attorney races so that they can radically change the system from the inside.
According to RedState, as quickly as Becton took over as district attorney, she carried out major changes in the way the office was run and in how crimes were charged and how aggressively cases have been prosecuted.
One recent change has to do with charging people for “looting,” which is basically stealing during a state of emergency, you know, like a riot?
Becton with close friends with Gardner and Foxx, this week she co-authored a Politico op-ed with Gardner, Foxx, and two more Soros-funded radical progressive DA’s explaining their leftist philosophy and 11-point plan to fundamentally destroy American cities.
In spite of their calls for fixing the inequities in our judicial system, DA Becton, when a couple painted over the Marxist Black Lives Matter (BLM) message on the street in front of the Wakefield Taylor Courthouse, she had the office of the District Attorney in Contra Costa County, charged them with a “hate crime.”
So looting is not ‘looting’ so long as the thief needed what he stole, but painting over a Marxist group’s propaganda message is a hate crime.
The hypocrisy is blinding, but only to those who can actually see the damage these radical leftist DA’s are causing.
Here’s the statement where the Contra County DA’ office charged the couple with a “hate crime.”
Now up the 99 freeway from me, the law enforcement officers in Costa County, have to consider if looters “needed” the stolen merchandise before charging them with ‘looting,’ according to new guidance issued by DA Diana Becton.
If looters are now caught stealing things while BLM riots are taking place in the same exact county, Costa County’s District Attorney has a completely different take on how to apply “justice.”
Rather than charging them with a felony, Becton is asking for police officers to consider if the looters “needed” the stolen merchandise before arresting them for ‘looting.’
Here’s photojournalist Jose Carlos Fajardo, who took to social media to provide a video of looters who really needed to steal from a local business in Costa County’s Walnut Creek shopping district:
Becton’s unbelievable charging guidelines for looting read:
Theft Offenses Committed During State of Emergency (PC 463)
In order to promote consistent and equitable filing practices the following analysis is to be applied when giving consideration to filing of PC 463 (Looting):
1. Was this theft offense substantially motivated by the state of emergency, or simply a theft offense which occurred contemporaneous to the declared state of emergency?
a. Factors to consider in making this determination:
i. Was the target business open or closed to the public during the state of emergency?
ii. What was the manner and means by which the suspect gained entry to the business?
iii. What was the nature/quantity/value of the goods targeted?
iv. Was the theft committed for financial gain or personal need?
v. Is there an articulable reason why another statute wouldn’t adequately address the particular incident?
What can I say, the radical left is way ahead of us.
Our schools are promoting BLM’s Marxism this school year, our colleges have been graduating Marxist for 4 generations and now these activist DA’s, are adulterating the judicial system, what a mess we have on our hands.
To be clear, from what we can tell, the DA is not telling officers not to arrest those caught ‘looting’ who ‘needed’ the items they stole. Rather the directive suggests charging them with a lesser infraction without nearly as severe a punishment.