Just wait if you’re thinking Los Angeles is horrible already.
Unruly homeless people are nearly everywhere, individuals addicted to drugs are shooting up on street corners, and violent crime appears to be on the rise. The worst, according to rapper 50 Cent, is still to come.
A video clip of a news article regarding a federal judge’s ruling that keeping detainees until they are able to post cash bail violates their constitutional rights was posted on Instagram by 50 Cent (real name Curtis Jackson).
Deputy DA John McKinney is heard in the video stating, “Beginning at midnight tonight, the sheriff’s department will discontinue its ability to arrest individuals for offenses such as stealing, shoplifting, using drugs, vandalism, assault, and an extensive number of additional non-serious, non-violent offenses that negatively impact the quality life and well-being of the residents here in the county of Los Angeles.”
“LA Deputy DA John McKinney explained that because of Judge Lawrence Riff’s decision, many people who have been arrested are going to be freed immediately without first being required to post bail awaiting their arraignment,” the TV anchor continues.
McKinney continues, “Judge Riff made a point of stating that he had urged California officials such as the sheriff, the chief of police, the DA, and the city’s attorney, he called on them to come forward to clarify why he should not issue this ruling, and he was shocked when nobody stood up against it.”
“Neither the LAPD Chief Michael Moore nor the LA County Sheriff Robert Luna nor the District Attorney George Gascon questioned it,” according to McKinney.
Jackson’s remarks were short. “Watch how horrible it gets out there, Los Angeles is finished. SMH,” which stands for “shaking my head,” is what he wrote on social media. Googly eyes were used as an emoji by the artist.
Los Angeles County eliminated cash bail during the height of the COVID outbreak to relieve jail congestion. Since then, crime has increased dramatically. According to USA Today, there was a 25% increase in serious crime, like rape, in the heart of the city in 2022 compared to 2019.
Data from the newspaper shows that violent crime increased 114% in Rancho Park between 2019 and 2022.
According to LA police, the problems are caused by drug abuse, homelessness, and mental illness.
“People working in local companies and out in the community find themselves the victims of attacks or armed robberies every single day.” According to Councilwoman Traci Park, “it’s rather typical.”
Zero bail laws have “horrific” repercussions on public safety, according to a new analysis by Yolo County’s district attorney, which includes sections of Sacramento and the west.
“I mean, there are more incidents of shooting, stabbing, assault, robbery, and beating of individuals. Under zero bail, the numbers of these real victims are startling,” Yolo County DA Jeff Reisig stated to Fox News Digital.
While LA County and City strive to create a “constitutionally sound, successful, solid” strategy to handle people apprehended for misdemeanors, Judge Riff’s decision will remain in force for 60 days.
Of course, Jackson is right. The situation will only worsen. Using punishment dissuades crime. Crime is encouraged by a lack of punishment. Simple.