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Following Deadly July 4th Weekend, CA Democrats Push Bill to Reduce Penalties for Heinous Murderers

Homicides jump 31% in California, crime is spiking, defund the police movement grows

By Katy Grimes, July 15, 2021 2:15 pm

Living in the Golden State has become dangerous. Crime is spiking throughout California – violent crimes, shootings and homicides (up 31%), as well as non-violent crimes. This is no secret.

The Globe recently 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.

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.

Democrats in the State Capitol decided to revisit Senate Bill 300, legislation that would reduce the sentence for individuals convicted of the most serious and heinous murders.

Not only would it allow a judge to reduce the penalty for the actual killer, preventing life in prison and the death penalty, but it also prohibits the prosecution and sentencing of individuals who aid the killer in their crimes even when they act with reckless indifference to human life.

It’s as if the elected Assembly members and Senators don’t experience any of the spiking crimes that too many Californians are subjected to daily.

According to the Senate analysis, SB 300 “repeals the provisions of state law that requires punishment by death or life-without-parole for persons convicted of murder in the first degree who are not the actual killer, but acted with reckless indifference to human life as a major participant in specified dangerous felonies.

Does this make California streets safer?

SB 300 sounds almost exactly like Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón’s first press statement in December 2020, making clear he was favoring criminals over crime victims:

Within minutes of being sworn in, Gascón announced he would be getting rid of all crime enhancements, and eliminating cash bail, despite California voters rejecting the elimination of cash bail in the November election.

In a statement on his first day, D.A. George Gascón said this:

“The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office will advance an effective, ethical and racially equitable system of justice that protects the community, restores victims of crime, and honors the rights of the accused.  We are a learning organization that believes in reduced incarceration and punishment except in circumstances in which it is proportional, in the community’s interest, and serves a rehabilitative or restorative purpose.” 

Gascón says he believes enhancements are ineffective and racist and claims his policies are not unethical.

SB 300 in would repeal a major provision of Proposition 115, passed by voters in 1990 to provide that a person, not the actual killer, who is found guilty of first-degree murder, and who, with reckless indifference to human life and as a major participant in certain specified violent felonies, aided, abetted, counseled, commanded, induced, solicited, requested, or assisted in the commission of that felony, shall be punished by death or imprisonment in the state prison without the possibility of parole.

Support and sponsorship of SB 300 comes from the usual suspects: California Coalition for Women Prisoners (co-source), Californians United for a Responsible Budget (co-source), Drop LWOP Coalition (co-source), Ella Baker Center for Human Rights (co-source), Families United to End LWOP (co-source), Felony Murder Elimination Project (co-source), and the Silicon Valley De-Bug (co-source).

These groups say in their support of SB 300, “The death penalty and life without the possibility of parole (LWOP) are punishments so extreme they are virtually unheard of in much of the world.”

Opposition to SB 300 comes from California District Attorneys Association, California Police Chiefs Association, Los Angeles County Professional Peace Officers Association, and Peace Officers’ Research Association of California.

They say in their opposition statement, “Prop 15 was passed because the voters recognized that regardless of whether an individual was the actual person who committed the murder, the fact that they had participated in the act, with the intent to kill or knowing full well their actions could cause the death of someone, is just as egregious as the act of murder itself. Under this legislation, if two individuals shoot at a law enforcement officer and that officer dies, but it is proven that only one bullet killed the officer, then the person whose shot did not hit the officer will not be subject to the same penalties of the actual shooter.”

Does this make California streets safer?

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10 thoughts on “Following Deadly July 4th Weekend, CA Democrats Push Bill to Reduce Penalties for Heinous Murderers

  1. Ask yourself – why are the Democrats so bent on releasing criminals, bringing in illegals, CRT/BLM/ANTIFA, censoring opposition, mandating control over the people and aligning with tech/corps/media to go against freedom and protect the people?

    If you don’t know – think about it they want CHAOS, their goal is to create such disharmony of society where the people will seek gov’t to bring help…with that comes new world order into tyranny.

    1. Correct. Destroy the local criminal justice system, then bring in the centrally controlled law enforcement. Perhaps turn the Capitol police into the national police force. Just like every communist country has their political police.

  2. The tourism board has a new slogan:
    Welcome to California, the land of Mayhem and Disorder!
    Come experience it for yourself, if you dare…..

  3. And all the while with violent crime going up their answer is more gun control over law abiding citizens. Been to your local gun store lately? My favorite gun store can’t keep guns in stock because as soon as they get them, they sell them. And most of the sales these days are to first time buyers and some are liberals!

  4. I am surprised by how few comments there are on this article. I am appalled! I only recently learned, via a Gilroy Police Captain, of the ‘silent’ laws that have been passed in favor of criminal activity.

    This is an honest question. How do we as citizens of California DEMAND that these laws be rescinded? I am not afraid to speak out against them!

    1. Susan, call your local assemblymember and demand a he/she votes NO on SB 300.

      The bill will be heard Aug 3 at appropriations committee. If your assemblymember is on that committee, make sure they know how you want them to vote.

  5. I am appalled! This is an honest question. What can we, as citizens of California, do to have these obscene laws rescinded?

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