Please, America. Think of the looters.
That’s what a District Attorney in California is doing anyway. She’s requiring prosecutors to consider the needs of looters when weighing criminal charges against them.
Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton, who oversees a jurisdiction outside of San Francisco, demands investigators consider whether or not the crime was ” motivated by the state of emergency, or simply a theft offense which occurred contemporaneously” to the aforementioned state of emergency.
In short, the district attorney is demanding that investigators and prosecutors consider whether or not the theft was committed for financial gain or personal need.
The guidelines state that you must consider factors such as, “was the theft committed for financial gain or personal need?”
According to the New York Post, the 22-year-old Contra Costa County judge was elected into the DA role in 2017, and is the county’s first female and African-American to serve as the chief law enforcement officer.
Many individuals, to include Antioch Police Officers Association President Steve Aiello, feel the move opens the floodgate to pseudo-justified looting.
“It shows the District Attorney’s Office is picking and choosing the types of crimes that will prosecute versus just following the laws on the books” he said. “At what point does our District Attorney’s Office advocate for the victims. If it’s not for the District Attorney’s Office, who then becomes the advocate and safety net for the victims and ensuring restitution is made?”
A spokesman for the office claimed that The policy was put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic and has no recent evidence of prosecuting looters during a state of emergency.
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