California Gov. Gavin Newsom has shipped state attorneys and California Highway Patrol officers to Oakland due to the rising crime.
We’ve seen Oakland lose restaurants, employees fending off robbers, and businesses tell employees to eat lunch at work.
Oakland is a mess: “According to a recent Oakland Police Department crime report, between 2021 and 2023 there was a 21 percent increase in violent crime, a 38 percent increase in robberies and a 45 percent increase in vehicle thefts.”
“As crime rates across California decrease — including right across the Bay in San Francisco — Oakland is seeing the opposite trend,” said Newsom. “What’s happening in this beautiful city and surrounding area is alarming and unacceptable. I’m sending the California Highway Patrol to assist local efforts to restore a sense of safety that the hardworking people of Oakland and the East Bay demand and deserve.”
The 120 CHP officers will focus on “auto theft, cargo theft, retail crime, violent crime, and high-visibility traffic enforcement.”
I’ll never forget the story about Oakland police telling residents to use air horns to alert neighbors of intruders or crimes.
Newsom hopes more officers lead to more arrests.
Therefore, Oakland will get additional state attorneys to help with prosecutions.
“An arrest isn’t enough. Justice demands that suspects are appropriately prosecuted,” explained Newsom. “Whether it’s ‘bipping’ or carjacking, attempted murder or fentanyl trafficking, individuals must be held accountable for their crimes using the full and appropriate weight of the law.”
“Bipping” is slang for break-in.
The relationship between Alameda County District Attorney’s Office and California law enforcement agencies will allow an “increase prosecutions of violent criminals as well as prosecutions for property crimes, serious drug-related crimes, retail theft and auto burglaries.”
District Attorney Pamela Price is happy: “I welcome the support from the Governor in this fight against organized retail crime and the scourge of Fentanyl in our community.”
I bet Price is happy. The district attorney backed by George Soros has felt the wrath of those in Oakland.
People want to kick Price out of office. Houses are losing value. Businesses are closing. No one feels safe.
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