In the wake a series of shattered flights of high-end retailers in the Bay Area and a shooting-related thief who left a man dead in Los Angeles, Governor Gavin Newsom gave a press conference in LA and met with law enforcement to discuss theft issues detailed state.
The occasion was also a public bill signed for AB 331, which is not a brand new bill, but really just an extension of an existing law aimed at organizing retail flights. By law, thieves who act in concert with someone else can be charged harder – distinguishing organized robberies such as the existence of brass suitcases that have been seen in the Bay Area from petty thief offenses where one might steal from basic needs. The original law, as well the Associated Press reports, happened in 2018 and was allowed to fall three weeks ago, on 1 July.
“We need to keep folks in mind, but we’re going to do it in a thoughtful and wise way. We’re not going to go back to the way things were in the ’80s and’ 90s. At least not while I’m here. That said, we need to see more responsibility, we need to see reinforcement, and we need a commitment to address the reforms that I think many of us behind me embrace and have long embraced in California that have proven successful in this state, ”Newsom said said at the press conference. He added that the California Highway Patrol, which is assigned under law to lead a workforce to investigate and analyze theft in detail, has not seen a lack of support from liberal prosecutors.
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Newsom’s press event comes amid increased public outcry over retail flights seen on the internet and on local news – and a week after a particularly tragic incident in which a Rite aid employee was shot and killed while trying to intercept a shoplifter in LA’s Glassell Park neighborhood.
SFPD Chief Bill Scott was in LA for the press event, and said, “The overall problem is a challenge – bronze in some of these crimes. When they see things go viral, the anarchy perception, the perception that anything goes – that must be overcome, too. “
“But that doesn’t matter,” he said. “We need to take care of business.”