Marie Edinger has this report with the above title for KMPH in Fresno:
The law enforcement community is fired up after comments Governor Gavin Newsom made about crime in California Wednesday.
The Governor talked about Proposition 47. That law changed certain felonies to misdemeanors. From the police perspective, it runs in tandem with Proposition 57, which reduced prison sentences, and AB-109, which shifted people from state prison to local jails.
Governor Newsom says those laws reduced crime, particularly property crimes. Then, he shifted blame to law enforcement officers and district attorneys, saying, “It seems to me that there’s deterrence when people are arrested for breaking the law and are prosecuted. We need arrests and we need prosecution. We need people held to account. No one condones that behavior – quite the contrary.”
“It’s not deterring it, it’s not preventing it. It’s not doing anything to stop this, which is why it just keeps getting worse and we keep seeing more bold behaviors, we keep seeing more criminals who are empowered,” said Fresno County District Attorney Lisa Smittcamp.
Smittcamp was outraged by the comments, feeling the Governor was shifting blame to her and her colleagues.
“He should be ashamed of himself,” said Smittcamp. “This is the environment that he created. And he’s either ignorant of the statistics, or he’s a liar.”
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