SAN FRANCISCO, CA — When Democrats’ policies fail miserably — such as decriminalizing theft — the next tactic is to attack the words citizens use so they don’t focus on talking about insane, leftist schemes.
The term “looting” is now deemed very offensive.
“Expert” voices are being amplified by social justice reporters to get the message out to citizens that some words matter.
Also, kindly ignore all the undocumented shopping taking place in California’s major cities, especially San Francisco.
Unrequested inventory depletion— Allan (@AllanRicharz) November 23, 2021
In 2014, California passed Proposition 47, which made thefts of $950 or less only a misdemeanor instead of a more serious felony.
Experts caution use of 'looting' in describing rash of Bay Area smash and grabs https://t.co/dQfftRG84T— ABC7 News (@abc7newsbayarea) November 23, 2021
When people realized they were unlikely to be arrested or prosecuted for stealing less than $1,000, some predictably took advantage of the situation and stole items from various retailers.
The stores compounded the problem by telling their employees to not interfere with those who were stealing from the store to avoid lawsuits or employees getting harmed.
California has been inundated with large-scale thefts from various retailers, such as Walgreens and Neiman Marcus.
I always liked the term "redistribution of wealth". It sounds so San Franciscan.— ksgates99 (@ksgates99) November 24, 2021
Currently, the thievery is especially bad in San Francisco, where the district attorney is weak on prosecuting criminals who steal from retailers.
San Francisco district attorney who supports defunding police 'outraged' by mass looting of luxury storehttps://t.co/uKuD5aqRSd— Mia Cathell (@MiaCathell) November 22, 2021
Since social media documents the looting via posted videos and pictures, there seems to be a concerted effort to change the embarassing narrative. Now some “experts” want the public to focus on the linguistic aspect of “looting” rather than the crime itself.
Louis Vuitton San Francisco, Union square got cleared out!! pic.twitter.com/7Sz6rlRo8n— Da Juan (@CARLITOSGUEY) November 20, 2021
Responding to a wave of retail thefts, San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott told reporters during a recent press conference that stores were indeed looted:
“The Louis Vuitton store was burglarized and looted. The Burberry in Westfield Mall was burglarized and looted.”
San Francisco mayor's plan to combat flash mob looting will limit access to stores ahead of holidayshttps://t.co/3FUutVsVFn— Fox News (@FoxNews) November 23, 2021
“To be clear, we don’t know the identities or races of the majority of the thieves involved in this crime wave.
“But we do know there was no local emergency declared in the Bay Area cities that experienced smash and grabs this weekend.
‘Mass Looting’ Moves to San Francisco Bay Suburbs…https://t.co/Vt32yFx1mt— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) November 21, 2021
“However, the crimes did follow the contentious verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial Friday.
“A jury found the teen not-guilty on all counts for shooting three men, killing two of them during a protest against police brutality last year in Wisconsin.
“Local protests this weekend in response were largely small and peaceful.”
Experts: Don’t call it “looting” bc that’s a term typically used for crimes by people of color/urban dwellers, but not white people, bc racism.— Mary Katharine Ham (@mkhammer) November 23, 2021
Also “we don't know…races of the majority of the thieves,” which would make use of “looting” here hard to attribute to racism, no? https://t.co/CTCWwwrPbe
Glover also cautiously noted to viewers that they need to think twice before using the term “looting” despite police using the term:
“As the Bay Area grapples with a wave of seemingly organized smash and grab robberies this weekend, policing and journalism analysts are cautioning against the use of the term looting.”
The cure for what ails journalists is to develop impartiality, not just cultivate a different sort of partiality. I’d like the sort of reporter whom you couldn’t tell was reporting on his own party OR his own parents.— This Charmless Man (@Jhimmibhob) November 23, 2021
Glover reported that according to the California Penal Code, looting has a very narrow definition.
In Chapter 2, Section 463, the penal code states:
“Every person who commits the crime of petty theft, as defined in Section 488, during and within an affected county in a ‘state of emergency’ or a ‘local emergency,’ or under an ‘evacuation order,’ resulting from an earthquake, fire, flood, riot, or other natural or manmade disaster shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for six months.”
On Oct. 15, Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra renewed a determination that the COVID-19 pandemic is still a nationwide public health emergency and has been since Jan. 27, 2020.
However, despite the federal “renewal of determination that a public health emergency exists,” California’s penal code does not consider the pandemic an emergency for its purposes.
The #BayArea in trouble! #Unacceptable #Criminals— Adam Milstein (@AdamMilstein) November 23, 2021
Police to increase presence at retail stores amid out of control mob looting crimewave in San Francisco, California Gov. Newsom announces. Check out footage from recent looting: pic.twitter.com/tAGj8t7Irr
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The code further states that the court can reduce or even eliminate a mandatory minimum jail sentence in the interest of “justice”:
“Any person convicted under this subdivision who is eligible for probation and who is granted probation shall, as a condition thereof, be confined in a county jail for at least 90 days, except that the court may, in the case where the interest of justice would best be served, reduce or eliminate that mandatory minimum jail sentence, if the court specifies on the record and enters into the minutes the circumstances indicating that the interest of justice would best be served by that disposition.
“In addition to whatever custody is ordered, the court, in its discretion, may require any person granted probation following conviction under this subdivision to serve up to 80 hours of community service in any program deemed appropriate by the court, including any program created to rebuild the community.”
What took you so long? ~ ~ Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) increases police presence at retail stores following mob looting crimewave in San Francisco:— SgtPepper1964 (@SPepper1964) November 23, 2021
“We need to break up these crime rings, and we need to make an example out of these folks.” pic.twitter.com/xGWl4NEzyc
Next, Glover interviewed two “experts” in order to give viewers “some context of looting” in San Francisco. He noted:
“Both experts expressed the importance of media literacy for viewers to critically think about the language used by public officials and the media as we all try to make sense of these complex issues our society is facing.”
Word experts? People don’t need help understanding looting. https://t.co/ztbv4QJ55F— David Cole (@journodavidcole) November 23, 2021
One expert is retired police officer Lorenzo Boyd, Ph.D., who teaches criminal justice and community policing at the University of New Haven.
Emphasizing that words matter, Dr. Boyd told Glover:
“Looting is a term that we typically use when people of color or urban dwellers are doing something. We tend not to use that term for other people when they do the exact same thing.”
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough on the looting wave in Democrat-run cities:— Kambree (@KamVTV) November 23, 2021
“San Francisco is out of control. Portland is out of control.”
Dr. Boyd also suggested that some smash and grab crimes are organized and cyclical in nature:
“These types of massive, organized smash and grabs were happening before the Rittenhouse situation, because it happens cyclically. It’s a false equivalency. It’s people trying to politicize crime.”
Apparently the new politically correct term for 'looting' is 'massive organized smash and grabs'?— Geoffrey Miller (@primalpoly) November 23, 2021
Okee dokee. https://t.co/PPv7QsXB0Z
The other expert Glover spoke with is Martin Reynolds, co-executive director of the Robert C. Maynard Institute of Journalism Education.
During Hurricane Katrina, they felt oppressed because the weather picked on them. That justifies their stealing. They are in need of many tennis shoes & short sleeved shirts to survive and to right wrongs. The #Liberal #MSM wouldn't call them looters, but #undocumented shoppers. pic.twitter.com/FhLiPUSksP— Joe Tucciarone (@joetucci57) June 2, 2020
Reynolds reflected on Hurricane Katrina and said mostly black New Orleans residents were labeled looters for crimes of survival — stealing water, food and supplies before federal government aid arrived.
Those were pictures of “mostly peaceful protests” right?— Terry (@TerryM423) November 24, 2021
Reynolds then suggested that before slapping a label on San Francisco thieves, one must first focus on how organized the thievery appears:
“This seems like it’s an organized smash and grab robbery. This doesn’t seem like looting. We’re thinking of scenarios where first responders are completely overwhelmed. And folks often may be on their own.”
No wonder Nancy Pelosi is rumored to be heading out of town for good. It would appear she has possibly chosen a looting-free zone in Florida despite being perilously close to an ever-rising sea level. It is unfortunate that other San Franciscans cannot readily relocate from their crime-ridden city to a safer place.
With Nancy Pelosi reading the room and preparing to peace ✌🏼 out of looting-and-stabbing-and-poo-ridden San Francisco, who should replace her in Congress? https://t.co/lRHVeP46Xn— Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban) November 23, 2021
Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”. While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers. And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.
And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.
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