While I appreciate your site’s continued effort to bring local news to area residents I must write to warn you of what I feel is the ongoing politicization of the so called flash mob or blitz robberies currently plaguing the state.
Legitimate coverage of this very serious issue is being used to forward the conservative position that lax prosecution by “leftist” or “progressive” prosecutors is behind the surge in retail crime. And while many police chiefs and law enforcement professionals rightfully warned us of the impact of voter-approved Proposition 47, I fear the Republican party is using recent events in Walnut Creek and other East Bay cities to bludgeon the public with the notion that Democrats are the crime and chaos party, and are not in favor of law and order.
Conservative rhetoric and commentary here and on other public forums openly suggests that current “liberal” policies “has given thugs free rein to calmly carry out whatever they want from any store.”
I regard this as fear mongering in its worst form, with the right fanning our fears about crime and public safety and using it as a cover for a regressive power grab that – again in my opinion – would return California to its former standing as a Reagan-era police state.
I would urge readers and voters to look for and learn to recognize the language accompanying such a move so that we might better understand the motivation behind it. And then I would urge a public show of support for business owners, police and local prosecutors so they might bring their considerable power to bear in the prosecution of retail thieves.