California prosecutor says looters ‘needs’ should be considered when charged

Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton makes a statement prior to the sentencing of Joseph James DeAngelo in Sacramento Superior Court held at CSU Sacramento in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. DeAngelo, a former California police officer who became known as the Golden State Killer told victims he’s “truly sorry” before he was sentenced to life imprisonment for a decade-long string of rapes and murders across a wide swath of California. (AP Photo/Randall Benton)

The left now finds itself in the hilarious position of defending vandalism, violence and hating the police, and when it comes to looting, they are actually promoting it as a good thing and, at least in California, actively trying to decriminalize it.

A California district attorney, Diane Becton of Contra Costa County, is making her prosecutors consider looters’ “needs” when deciding on criminal charges against them. The new mandate makes it more difficult to prosecute looting cases in the county, located just outside San Francisco.

According to the rules investigators must now consider if the offense was “substantially motivated by the state of emergency, or simply a theft offense which occurred contemporaneously to the declared state of emergency,” according to East County Today.

And in making that distinction, they must also take into account five other factors, including whether the theft was “committed for financial gain or personal need.”

The new policy comes, of course, in response to protests, looting and riots sweeping the country leading up to a presidential election in which Democrats (and many Republicans) have not been able to field a strong candidate against an anti-establishment incumbent who threatens their existence.

Becton, a 22-year judge in Contra Costa County who was elected DA in 2017, is the county’s first female and black to serve as the county’s chief law enforcement officer.

Her new policy drew strong rebukes from Antioch Mayor Sean Wright and the president of the Antioch police union. Wright told East County Today: “For the District Attorney to put out that kind of plan is irresponsible and where do you exactly draw the line on need because these are people’s businesses that are being impacted and livelihoods that are being destroyed.”

Steve Aiello, president of the Antioch Police Officers Association, called the guidelines “reckless,” saying they hurt the “community, local business and business owners.”


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