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In California’s major cities, homicides rose by roughly 17 percent in the last year. Homicides in Los Angeles reached their highest total in 15 years. (Photo: Eva Carre/Shutterstock)

Another Shooting & Murder in Downtown Sacramento

SacPD reports there have been 480 shooting reports, 119 victims shot, and 959 firearms seized through August

By Katy Grimes, September 26, 2022 2:50 am

Violent attacks by dangerous homeless transients are becoming the “new normal” in Sacramento. So are murders.

Another downtown shooting occurred Saturday night in front of several popular restaurants and bars on the 2700 block of J Street. This shooting was the same night as Sacramento’s annual Farm to Fork event, outdoors on the downtown Capitol Mall.

Last week a friend reported to the Globe that one of his friends was attacked at a downtown Shell gas station when a deranged drug addict attempted to rob the station. Two women clerks were cornered. His friend used a taser on the transient, but the transient used a belt to strike him in the side of the head, splitting it open. The transient was arrested.

Six people were killed and 10 were wounded in what was initially called a “mass shooting” in downtown Sacramento in April, turning several blocks of the Capitol city into a massive crime scene, the Globe reported. It was later revealed that it was a gang-on-gang shooting.

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg’s reaction was to blame guns. “Rising gun violence is the scourge of our city, state and nation, and I support all actions to reduce it,” he said on Twitter.

If the driver of a Chevy Suburban ran down these 16 people, the media would report “SUV kills 6, injures 10.” Would Mayor Steinberg blame SUV violence?

Governor Gavin Newsom wasn’t any better: “Sadly, we once again mourn the lives lost and for those injured in yet another horrendous act of gun violence. Jennifer and I send our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and to the wider community impacted by this terrible tragedy.”

The guns didn’t shoot 16 people, the perpetrators did.

The Globe has been reporting that California’s alarming cocktail of criminal justice “reforms” are responsible for the state’s ongoing crime wave. And the politicians ignore that they are responsible for these phony “reforms.” They are far from reforms and are instead unraveling California’s criminal justice laws, passed to keep the citizenry safe from criminals.

The city of Sacramento saw significant increases in 2021 over 2020 in murder, rape, assault, and gun-related crimes compared to previous years, according to the Sacramento Police Department.

Sacramento had 58 homicides in 2021 – a 31% increase over the 44 homicides in 2020, the Globe reported in June.

By the end of August 2022, SacPD reports there have been 480 shooting reports, 119 victims shot, and 959 firearms seized.

However, SacPD only reports the murder totals through April 2022. They report 22 murders through April, 87 rapes, and 388 robberies. What about May, June, July and August 2022?

SacPD crime statistics. (Photo: screen capture, www.cityofsacramento.org/Police/Crime/Crime-Statistics)

“On July 4, one person was killed and four were injured after shots rang out in front of the Mix Downtown nightclub at 16th and L streets,” The Sacramento Bee reported.

In July the Globe reported following deadly July 4th Weekend, California Democrats were pushing bill to reduce penalties for heinous murderers. “On the heels of a deadly July 4th weekend in Los Angeles city and county where 16 people were killed, and in Oakland where there were seven shootings, two deaths and a huge sideshow described as ’12 hours of nonstop chaos’ by the Oakland police Chief, Legislative Democrats brought a bill out of the inactive file that reduces penalties for criminals convicted of the most heinous crimes.”

The Globe also reported that 11 California cities made the 100 most dangerous cities in the country list for 2021, and listed the most dangerous/violent cities in the state based on FBI data.

And those mystery explosions in Sacramento that SacPD arrested two men for… there was another explosion Friday night in William Land Park.

Violent homeless transients

Last Thursday shortly just after school started, parents from Sacramento Sutter Middle School in East Sacramento (within city boundaries) received voicemail and email messages from the principal telling them a homeless transient was at the school yelling and screaming sexual comments at the students.

KCRA reported:

According to Sacramento Police Department, responding officers safely detained the suspect and conducted a preliminary investigation after being called for help.

Based on the investigation, officers arrested the suspect, 22-year-old Jehu Kwahshean Dorsey-Oliver, for a violation of California Penal Code Section 647.6(A)(1) (Annoy or molest a child under the age of 18 years old) and booked him at the Sacramento County Main Jail.

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg couldn’t be bothered to comment.

“KCRA 3 reached out to Mayor Darrell Steinberg’s office for an interview regarding the incident near Sutter Middle School.”

The mayor wasn’t available, however, his chief of staff, Mary Lynne Vellinga, sent us a statement that reads:

“The level of unsheltered homelessness in our city is unacceptable both for the unhoused and for our neighborhoods. The City of Sacramento now operates 1,100 beds and safe spaces each night, and a new ordinance requiring sidewalks to be kept clear takes effect later this month. We are working with Sacramento County to deploy the substance abuse and mental health resources only they can provide. Criminal acts should be reported to law enforcement regardless of a person’s housing status.”

“Are we waiting for children to be assaulted or kidnapped?” a parent asked.

Indeed. Many citizens are asking what it is going to take for the elected Mayor and elected city council members to do something to put a stop to the homeless attacks on citizens, as well as beefing up the Sacramento Police Department with more officers. Sac PD is down 200 police officers. Defunding the police isn’t going to end well.

1,100 beds and safe spaces is just 10% of Sacramento’s 11,000 homeless transients. And yes, it is unacceptable, as is the hollow statement by the Mayor’s Chief of Staff.

Whether accurate or not, Mayor Steinberg’s ambivalence appears apathetic and even callous. He is not at risk. He does not live in a dangerous neighborhood. He is insulated from exposure to homeless transients.

Mayor Darrell Steinberg was elected to run the city, and a primary function of that is public safety. His city, since his 2016 election, has only become measurably more unsafe.

How many murders in Sacramento is enough before elected officials act? How many children assaulted is enough? How many business owners accosted by violent homeless transients is enough? How many parks destroyed is enough? How many filthy homeless camps on sidewalks is enough?

How can politicians see this every day and shrug it off, or worse, insist they are doing everything in their power to address it?

The California Legislature and Gov. Gavin Newsom have been pushing more gun control laws, releasing prison inmates “for good behavior” and not for fulfilling the terms of their sentences, and closing prisons. These people end up on the streets.

Mayor Steinberg imprudently pursues “housing first” homeless policies rather than putting the funding into a large campus where homeless can be taken to fulfill the “bed” requirement for rousting their illegal camps, triaged and treated. The City and County of Sacramento could fund one facility and make a difference in how the homeless transients are handled.

Spiking crime and a growing homeless transient population is government-created through wrongheaded policies and laws. But it is not insurmountable. It takes elected officials who recognize that what they have done up to this point is futile and cruel, to make the changes.

Read more about the “criminal justice reforms” which have undermined law and order, and public safety in California here.

Homeless in Sacramento, CA, X Street. (Photo: Katy Grimes for California Globe)
Sacramento homeless. (Photo: Katy Grimes for California Globe)
Sacramento homeless living under W/X freeway offramp, April 15, 2022. (Photo: Katy Grimes for California Globe)
Homeless tents under Sacramento freeway offramp. (Photo: Katy Grimes for California Globe)


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14 thoughts on “Another Shooting & Murder in Downtown Sacramento

  1. Y’all ain’t seen nuthin yet. Wait until biased mainstream media, high tech oligarchs and the corrupt unions get Gavin Newsom elected president.

  2. Native Sacramentans are dismayed to see what Democrat rule has done to what used to be a beautiful and safe city. Mayor Steinberg and the Democrats who control Sacramento’s City Council need to be held accountable? How do they get elected and stay in office? It must be Democrat voter fraud and rigged voting machines?

  3. The interesting juxtaposition of the elitist “Farm to Fork” event on the Tower Bridge against the worsening released-criminal and criminal-vagrant mayhem that occurred nearby caught my attention. If that J street mayhem were brought to the cherished foodie event would the purposeful destruction of the City of Sacramento finally be addressed by the odious mayor Steinberg, city council, and other ruinous Dem politicians? Makes you wonder, doesn’t it? But who knows? – maybe it wouldn’t matter. Did the descent into hellhole status of San Francisco that repelled residents and tourists alike shock the “progressive” electeds into action? Some talked a good game but ultimately did nothing.
    You’d think that these “educated and sophisticated” politicians would be as aware of “Broken Windows Theory” — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broken_windows_theory — and its proven transformative effect, even with fewer police officers, on crime-and-chaos-ridden urban centers as any of the rest of us are. But the Dem politicians remain committed to enthusiastically pursuing the OPPOSITE policies of those that what would work. Many explanations have been offered as to why.
    Bottom line is that obviously these Dems in power must simply be voted out, but can it be done with the worsening election manipulation we have all observed over these past years? Probably, if a high turnout of sensible voters can overcome the cheating. And we saw that a recent revolution of S.F. Asian coalitions and parent coalitions amazingly succeeded in tossing the D.A. and the school board. These efforts are the hope we have. Fingers crossed that we will see encouraging shifts toward sanity in November.

    1. Amazingly, Italy just elected a conservative female Prime Minister who campaigned on the message “Enough is enough.” I really don’t get California voters. They keep electing politicians who insist on making California “worst” in every measurable category. Some suggest it’s voter fraud, but I would think someone would find that smoking gun. Maybe something will change in this state when our gas is $20 a gallon but I’m not going to hold my breath.

      1. The Venezuelan-style Dominion and Smartmatic voting machines have been mentioned here many times but there are so many other ways of manipulating elections, many of them now legal from having been sneakily voted in by the Dem legislators. Ballot harvesting, for instance. The recent switch during Covid to all mail-in ballots has been a game-changer, and Gruesome & Co. didn’t make that happen because they were concerned about our health, duh. As you know. DMV auto-registration caused even more mail-in ballots to be dumped into circulation, much like counterfeit money. Get your hands on stacks and stacks of mail-in ballots, pay your boiler-room cronies and the homeless, etc., to fill them out per Dem agenda, and you have yourself some untraceable cheating.
        Voter rolls have long been bloated anyway (and never cleaned) with dead people, people’s pets, dead people’s pets, and dead people’s dead pets, out-of-state voters, voters who haven’t voted for decades, illegal aliens, Mickey and Minnie Mouse with bogus addresses, etc. Same-day registration is legal, and a gift card to an otherwise apathetic, non-voting student can make the registration and the ensuing vote happen. Voting in more than one precinct is common and the provisional voting (orange ballot) that occurs from this is happily counted without conscience, I’m sure, in the long “election day” aftermath. My own local polling place was a sea of orange one year from all the “provisional” voting.
        A dubious, Newsom-appointed Secty of State is not exactly a confidence builder, nor is an L.A. County Registrar (Dean Logan) with a dicey past who has bounced from county to county and comes to us most recently from troubled King County, WA (Seattle). The low voter turnout we now see has been ‘engineered,’ if you ask me, by voters’ perceptions that voting doesn’t effect change, and far too many drop out of the process in frustration. Then there is the group — apparently registered Repubs —- who fold their arms and say “I’m not voting!” in a weirdly proud way, which of course only makes things worse. (Reportedly, one million registered Repubs sat out the Newsom Recall.)
        Then you have politicians like Newsom sending checks to voter blocs right before an election, which obviously has an effect. There are MANY other tricks in these jerks’ repertoire. Combined, they can effect election outcomes, but they have their limits, too, after all, and a high voter turnout of sensible voters could still Beat the Cheat, depending on the jurisdiction. Or so it seems…

      2. P.S. Fed Up: I think I’ll send the slogan suggestion “Enough is Enough” directly to the Brian Dahle for Gov campaign. Maybe it will help. 🙂 I know I would definitely sit up and listen if I heard that coming out of the candidate!

          1. I love it! I would vote for her based ONLY on that little snippet. A fierce, determined woman talking common sense with passion and conviction is a fearsome and awesome thing. We have SOME politicians like that but why don’t we have MORE?

          2. By the way, Fed Up, I just heard it from the Gov candidate himself, Brian Dahle: Two-and-a-half million (not one million) Repubs sat out the Gruesome Recall. I think I’ll go with his number; he’s better informed on this I’m sure.

  4. Democrat voter fraud around the country was documented most recently in the film “2000 Mules.” However, don’t expect the Sacramento Bee or any of the local media controlled by the deep-state Democrat cabal to ever expose voter fraud in Sacramento’s local elections?

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