The governor says he will prosecute shoplifters under existing law


Sacramento, California (AP) —Governor Gavin Newsom said Wednesday that shoplifters believe they should be prosecuted under existing California law.

He responded to recent large-scale thefts in California and across the country. In this case, a group of individuals shoplifted from the store all at once or broke the display case. Single operators are becoming more and more of a problem for retailers who say thieves face little impact.

Democratic Party Newsam, who is proud of his efforts to reform criminal justice, has promised that the budget he will send to Congressmen next month will “significantly increase efforts to chase these retail circles.”

Attorney General Rob Bonta, appointed by Newsom and touted his own progressive reforms, made similar harsh comments separately on Wednesday.

Both defended Proposal 47, a voting bill approved by California voters in 2014 to reduce specific thefts from felony to misdemeanor and drug possession crimes.

Despite the recent high-profile incident, Newsam said property crime has dropped significantly since then. Property crime fell by 7.7% last year, according to state crime statistics. This is due to a nearly 15% reduction in theft theft and a 4% reduction in robbery.

But Mr. Newsom said both the recent mass theft and the lack of prosecution were “unacceptable.”

“If people break in and steal your property, they need to be arrested. Police need to arrest them. Prosecutors need to prosecute them. Judges violate the law. We need to hold people accountable for this, “Newsam said. “These are not victimless crimes. I don’t sympathize with these criminal elements.”

Even thefts of less than $ 950 should be prosecuted for misdemeanor or “stacked” with felony allegations, he said, and some officials argued that they “chosen” not to do so.

“I want to see the local efforts. I want to see them step up,” he said. Former San Francisco Mayor New Sam said. “Look at the law. You have the ability. Repeatedly pile up the criminals and move on to prosecution.”

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin last week announced a series of theft charges of felony against nine people, and Bay Area prosecutors announced a joint effort to combat organized retail theft.

Boudin spokeswoman Rachel Marshall agreed with Newsom’s comment on Proposal 47 and the need for “all players in the legal system and all city agencies” to step up.

“Our office charges police arrests. This year, we charged 80% of the robbers introduced to us,” she said. She said the office was “a leader in the retail theft task force funded by Governor Newsom in dismantling the network behind organized retail theft.”

Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon, who also ran the reform platform, did not respond to requests for comment.

The state’s Supreme Law Enforcement Officer, Bonta, also called for cracking down on organized retail theft, such as before Thanksgiving holidays.

“They are felony. The California Criminal Justice Toolbox has enough tools to make such a claim and make people accountable,” Bonta said in a forum at the Sacramento Press Club.

“These fit perfectly into California’s organized retail crime law, where people work with one or more people to exchange, return, or sell stolen items.”

Newsom also said the San Diego-based U.S. District Judge the day after an 11-member committee of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned Benitez and upheld a California ban on ammunition magazines holding more than 10 bullets. He repeatedly criticized the official Roger Benitez.

He called Benitez “a radical judge whose weapons of war seemed appropriate” -the criticism he first leveled in June when the judge overturned the state’s ban on offensive weapons.

Newsome uses a 15-year-old Michigan youth with a pistol with three magazines, each holding 15 bullets, to kill four school classmates and injure the other seven on Friday. It is said that it was done.

“There is no country on earth that we experience,” Newsom said. “What about freedom from the fear and anxiety of being able to send a child to such a school without worrying about the weapons of war promoted by judges and promoted by politicians?”


The Associated Press writer Adam Beam contributed to this report.