According to a California Democratic mayor, the increase in looting as a way of life is not due to COVID-19.
In recent weeks, many stores in California have been affected by organized gang of looters who showed up and raided a mass store.
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo says the answer lies in the permanent actions of criminals seeking to evade the law.
“I think crime is the root of crime. And the criminals come up with new arrangements every time we catch them on the old ones and this is just the nature of crime enforcement,” Liccardo told “American Newspapers” on Friday, according to Fox News.
That’s not how White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki framed the problem in her media press conference on Thursday, however, when asked about the increase in burglaries.
“Does the president still think the increase in crime is due to the pandemic?” Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked Psaki.
“I think a lot of people have conveyed that, and it’s also one of the reasons that crime – one of the deep-seated reasons we get into it – the root cause of crime in the community is guns and gun violence. And we’ve seen that statistic across the country,” said Psaki.
“But, from your perspective, so when a huge group of criminals organizes themselves and they want to loot a store – CVS, Nordstrom, Home Depot – until the shelves are clean, do you think that’s the case? due to pandemic? ‘ Doocy asked in a follow-up question.
“I think the root cause in many communities is the pandemic,” says Psaki.
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Liccardo, a former prosecutor, said San Jose doesn’t like the trend displease the police but note that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement.
“We have to be more agile and use technology tools and maybe smarter about how we use our police departments,” said Liccardo.
“Here, in San Jose, we don’t vandalize. We make sure we do all we can to keep officers out on the street and we also try to keep guns off the street. This is not about Democratic or Republican policies. This is about intelligence,” he said.
Liccardo said California’s Recommend 47 has not been “helpful” in addressing the rise in theft crimes.
Under Proposition 47, fraudsters who steal items worth less than $950 will not face charges.
He said that in San Jose, many thieves face charges “as they have to.”
Mark Powell, a former San Diego reservist and president of Parents For Quality Education, said in an Op-Ed for Times of San Diego that the problem was Prop 47.
“A society rarely exists without some code of conduct and we can all agree that stealing is illegal. In fact, stealing has been illegal since biblical times. The law protects our collective safety and secures our rights as citizens against abuse by others, by organizations and by the government itself,” he wrote.
“But when bad laws like Prop 47 come in, they have to be changed. Our political leaders need to strengthen property crime laws and enact new laws or amend existing ones – or we may simply be used to being routinely ripped off, feeling unable to do so. nothing more,” he wrote.
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