Since the twin scourges of COVID and the Biden administration, the latter of which came to power with tall wire fences around the U.S. Capitol, swarms of armed troops and a media blackout on any dissent, crime in the United States has spiraled.
On Dec. 21 the sheriff of one large city spoke up and pointed to at least part of the cause.
Los Angeles County sheriff Alex Villanueva publicly slammed California’s liberal prosecutors, accusing them of living in a “woke palace,” dodging responsibility for the consequences of their decisions and undermining the efforts of law enforcement officers amid a surge in crime.
Villanueva said during an appearance on FOX News that liberal California District Attorney George Gascon is simply surrendering to criminals, declining to prosecute more than 12,000 cases after arrests were made by county deputies.
He also accused prosecutors of acting like public defenders and suggested that they transition over to that role.
It is “ … disheartening for any cop to think all their work is being undone by a careless and irresponsible district attorney,” Villanueva said. “But they’re not going to stop doing their job. The deputies … keep doing your job, don’t use the excuse of someone else not doing their job to avoid it.”
As for this strategy, he said, “it’s working.”
“So we’re making the effort out there. What we need now is, we need responsible district attorneys who are going to file their cases. And if they want to play the role of public defender, they should just quit their job and go over to the public defenders – and everything they say makes perfect sense for a public defender, not a district attorney.”
Villanueva also condemned San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin’s talk of avoiding “knee-jerk reactions” to crime and the assertion that smash-and-grab looting in California is “not new.”
“There’s nothing ‘knee-jerk’ about it. It’s just common sense,” Villanueva said. “This person just does not get it and I’m sorry to hear that.”
He went on: “But when you fly in the face of common sense, the fact that we have in our county, L.A. County … I have a 92 percent increase in homicides in two years. I have a 16 percent increase in grand-theft auto. I have a ‘zero bail’ schedule, which means every person I catch with a stolen car gets a ticket, walks out of jail … in fact, they’re out of jail before they’re even done writing the report, the deputies.”