by Zero Hedge
In yet another example of California’s decline under Democratic leadership, two men were caught on film casually walking out of a suburban Los Angeles TJ Maxx store while carrying armfulls of merchandise – just seven months after LA District Attorney George Gascón announced his office would no longer prosecute misdemeanor crimes such as shoplifting.
The incident occurred at the TJ Maxx in Granada Hills. Neither man has been charged or arrested, though the LAPD continues to investigate the incident.
“They didn’t even run out, they walked out,” said LAPD Sgt. Jerretta Sandoz in a statement to CBS LA. “And so, that’s sending a message that we, the criminals, are winning.”
Sandoz, who serves as vice president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, said she blames the incident on Prop 47, a 2014 referendum that lowered criminal sentences on crimes such as shoplifting.
“If they’re caught, they’re probably given the equivalent of a traffic ticket,” she told CBS LA. “So it’s not taken seriously.”
“If you let these criminals think that they can go in and steal merchandise and steal things, what happens when someone tries to stop them,” Sandoz added. –Fox News
Recall that Gascón is the same DA who in April dissolved or downsized the city’s hardcore gangs and narcotics units ahead of a spike in homicides to 13-year highs – for which LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva directly blames him.
The video illustrates the latest in a spate of shoplifting across the state. In San Francisco, business owners and security officials are decrying the “lawlessness” in the city caused by shoplifters.
“This is really bad. I’ve been in the Bay area 20 years, I’ve never seen this,” a local security guard, J.C. Hernandez, told Fox News, adding “It’s just lawlessness … people are just openly coming in and stealing stuff.”