A California district attorney is requiring her prosecutors to consider looters’ “needs” when weighing criminal charges against them.
The new mandate, set forth by Contra Costa County District Attorney Diane Becton, makes it tougher to prosecute looting cases in the county, which sits just outside San Francisco. Fox News
I had to read this a few times before I could even take it seriously, but it is facts and we have heard of the same treatment in Chicago and Portland.
Fox went on to say, Investigators must now consider “was this theft offense substantially motivated by the state of emergency, or simply a theft offense which occurred contemporaneously to the declared state of emergency?,” according to the policy reported by local outlet East County Today.
In making that determination, they must also consider five other factors, including “was the theft committed for financial gain or personal need?”
What? So if a person goes and steals a brand new truck, they can say that it was a “need during the pandemic” and California is OK with that as a legitimate reason.
Steve Aiello, president of the Antioch Police Officers Association, called the guidelines “reckless,” saying they hurt the “community, local business and business owners.” Fox News
“It shows the District Attorney’s Office is picking and choosing the types of crimes it will prosecute versus just following the laws on the books,” he said. “At what point does our District Attorney’s Office advocate for the victims.
If it’s not the District Attorney’s Office, who then becomes the advocate and safety net for the victims and ensuring restitution is made.”
Welcome to the fall of our nation and the new America, where law-abiding citizens are declared “racist” and treated like cattle while the looting and rioting are the new “norm”.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.
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