The brazen acts of petty theft and shoplifting are a dangerous and all-too-common consequence of Proposition 47, a referendum passed five years ago that critics say effectively gives shoplifters and addicts the green light to commit crimes as long as the merchandise they steal or the drugs they take are less than $950 in value. The decision to downgrade theft of property valued below the arbitrary figure from a felony to a misdemeanor, together with selective enforcement that focuses on more “serious” crimes, has resulted in thieves knowing they can brazenly shoplift and merchants knowing the police will not respond to their complaints, say critics.
The Democrats in San Francisco have also made theft under $950 a misdemeanor & cops won’t even arrest you for the crime.
Not surprisingly, this has had very predictable results.
It turns out if you tell people they won’t get arrested for stealing, it’s like a free pass to go shopping.
Five years later we have devastating results.
San Francisco’s no arrest policy has anarchic results. pic.twitter.com/3FqauPHUaM
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) March 3, 2020
It’s all from California. Democrats have made theft under $950 a misdemeanor. Cops won’t even arrest them. Even if the cops did intervene, they’d only issue a citation.
Proposition 47 is seen by critics as one of California’s biggest blunders. Supported by the state Democratic Party and championed by the American Civil Liberties Union, the referendum was passed by a wide margin in 2014. The idea behind it was to reduce certain non-violent felonies to misdemeanors in order to free up resources for cops and prosecutors to focus on violent offenders.
Since Proposition 47 was passed, there has been an increase in theft across the state. Cities like San Francisco have seen organized crime rings turn shoplifting into a well-organized racket involving desperate thieves and unscrupulous black-market resellers.
Among the nation’s 20 largest cities, San Francisco now has the highest rate of property crime, which includes theft, shoplifting, and vandalism.
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