Former police chief: America is devolving into a third world, feudal society – and we can thank the left for it

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The following contains editorial content and is written by a retired Police Chief and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today 

Most right-thinking Americans, when they watch gangs of hoodlums go into stores and steal property unabated are horrified by the images. Others—primarily those on the left—see no problem with it.

What recent events have proven is that there are indeed two Americas; one which still believes in the rule of law, the other which does not. It also shows what happens to a country when secularism or atheism takes over.

No longer does the commandment “Thou shalt not steal” mean anything. In fact for leftists, a good number of the ten commandments no longer apply.

For those of us who are Christians, we could see this coming.

For when you remove God from everything, when you don’t think twice about the taking of a human life through the process of abortion and when you justify killing or stealing to achieve some kind of means, you have truly lost your way.

The same people who lecture the rest of us sleep with their friends’ wives, worship wealth, and at the end of the day, don’t care about those they claim to be concerned with. 

The divide in our country, not necessarily along political lines but certainly along ideological lines has seen our country devolve into one of those countries that President Trump spoke of only a few short years ago—third world shitholes.

All one has to do is go to a major city in the United States run by liberals and all you see is crime, poverty, and filth.

No longer do we demonize those who use addictive drugs, but instead empower them, as was recently done in New York City by communist mayor Bill de Blasio. As deaths from opioids spiral out of control, people such as de Blasio enable it. It’s truly sick.

Also, the new thing among far-left liberals is that stealing is ok. A piece in the Independent Sentinel spoke of Hollywood leftist Seth Rogen, who no doubt lives in a gated community, protected by bodyguards but who thinks people stealing from cars are no big deal.

In Washington, DC., Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez denies the existence of criminal flash mobs going into stores, threatening employees, and stealing at will, armed with hammers, sledgehammers and crowbars, all despite innumerable videos showing exactly that happening.

The problem has been primarily on the west coasts in cities such as Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as their suburbs. This has come about as the result of politicians who decided that any theft under $950 was not really a big deal and criminals were allowed to steal without fear of repercussions.

Recently a number of suspects in the flash mob robberies were arrested, only to be back out on the streets with no bail, thanks to California’s liberal bail laws. Unfortunately, the problem is spreading east, where overtaxed police departments, many of them defunded by Democrats, no longer have the manpower to deal with the issues.

Is there a name for all of this? Victor Davis Hanson, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University believes so—he calls it “Third Worldization.” What does he mean by that? It is basically “the utter breakdown of the law and the ability of the rich within such a feudal society to find ways to avoid the violent chaos.” That is precisely what we are seeing in the United States.

In a piece at Real Clear Politics, Hanson wrote, “Whether in Cairo or Naples, theft was commonplace. Yet property crimes were almost never seriously prosecuted.”

“In a medieval-type society of two rather than three classes, the rich in walled estates rarely worry that much about thievery. Crime is written off as an intramural problem of the poor, especially when the middle class is in decline or nonexistent,” he said.

Hanson did note some differences in the new version of criminality taking place in the United States.

“One is the virtual impunity of it. Thieves now brazenly swarm a store, ransack, steal, and flee with the merchandise without worry of arrest.

“Second, the Left often justifies crime as a sort of righteous payback against a supposedly exploitative system. So the architect of the so-called 1619 Project, Nikole Hannah-Jones, preened of the riotous destruction of property during the summer of 2020: ‘Destroying property, which can be replaced, is not violence.’

“Third Worldization reflects the symmetry of law enforcement. Ideology and money, not the law, adjudicate who gets arrested and tried and who does not,” Hanson wrote.

Contrast what happened during the summer of 2020 and January 6, 2021. In 2020 for 120 consecutive days, rioters committed arson, looting and homicide. Buildings torched included courthouses, police precincts, businesses and even an iconic church in Washington, DC.

While 14,000 people were arrested, an overwhelming majority were released without bail; most had charges dropped. According to Hanson, few if any are awaiting charges.

Contrast that with Jan. 6 protesters, which resulted in a microcosm of the damage caused in cities throughout the country, and where the only death was that of a Capitol protester, shot to death by a US Capitol police officer.

As a result of the FBI’s nationwide dragnet in search of anyone within a hairs breadth of the Capitol on that date, arrestees have been locked up for over 10 months, in horrendous conditions with some held in solitary confinement.

Despite the incident being defined by leftists as “an insurrection,” not one arrestee was charged with such. Now, a partisan witch hunt is being conducted at the behest of Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) trying to somehow tie this all into former President Trump.

Those who have been tried have been given totally unreasonable prison sentences, while some have also been forced into virtual deprogramming regimens. It’s sick.

According to Hanson:

“A common denominator to recent controversies at the Justice Department, CIA, FBI, and Pentagon is that all these agencies under dubious pretexts have investigated American citizens with little or no justification—after demonizing their targets as ‘treasonous,’ ‘domestic terrorists,’ ‘white supremacists,’ or ‘racists.’

“In the Third World, basic services like power, fuel, transportation, and water are characteristically unreliable: in other words, much like a frequent California brownout,” Hanson wrote.

“I’ve been on five flights in my life where it was announced there was not enough fuel to continue to the scheduled destination. The plane was required either to turn around or land somewhere on the way. One such aborted flight off from Cairo, another from southern Mexico. The other three were this spring and summer inside the United States.”

Hanson noted that when in some foreign locations, such as Algiers he had seen beggars sleeping on sidewalks, however he said that in no way compared “to the encampments of present-day Fresno, Los Angeles, Sacramento or San Francisco. Tens of thousands live on sidewalks and in open view use them to defecate, urinate, inject drugs and dispose of refuse.”

“In the old Third World, extreme wealth and poverty existed in close proximity. It was common to see peasants on horse-drawn wagons a few miles from coastal villas. But there is now far more contiguous wealth and poverty in Silicon Valley. In Redwood City and East Palo Alto, multiple families cram into tiny bungalows and garages, often a few blocks from tony Atherton,” he said.

That matters not to people such as Rogen, Marc Ruffalo, and other Hollywood elites. They live in their gated communities, shut off from the misery they so easily dismiss and meanwhile lecture to the rest of us about being accepting of the despair, crime, and lawlessness which they ignore.

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LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA- Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has had enough of the wokeness that permeates California in general and his county in particular. So tired is Villanueva of the nonsense in LA County that on Friday, he took to Twitter to express that very sentiment, according to BizPacReview.

Friday, the sheriff retweeted a story from the Washington Examiner, not to talk trash he said but to share some uncomfortable truths with city leaders and residents of Los Angeles County.

“The homeless crisis is a problem we can solve, if our elected leaders check their woke privilege at the door,” he tweeted.

In the linked story, it documented the current feud Villanueva is engaged in with local and state Democrats, including feckless Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is the subject of a recall by state residents fed up with his incompetence.

The sheriff’s issues center around the fact that state political leaders refuse to do anything about the homeless crisis in the state that is affecting not only Los Angeles County but cities statewide.

Not only are homeless being allowed to setup wherever they decide to, incompetent political-hack district attorneys, many put into office courtesy of socialist billionaire George Soros money, refuse to prosecute pretty much everything in the way of crime.

Villanueva, who has a sworn oath to defend and protect the citizens of his county tried to take action to get a handle on the out-of-control crime caused by the homeless. When he did, he was excoriated by elected officials.

“Villanueva has taken it upon himself to combat the homeless problem as he sees the influx get worse. Recently, his deputies began patrolling Venice Beach in an effort to curtail assaults, robberies, and fires that plague the area. His efforts were not welcomed by city officials,” the Examiner article said.

In brief, Villanueva had enough. In June, he wrote to the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors in which he pleaded with them to declare a state of emergency and “tap into all available state/federal funding and resources to help the residents” of Los Angeles County.

“With violent crime on the rise, a yearly 100 percent increase in homicides, illegal marijuana cultivation and distribution by organized crime rings, and the homeless population spiraling out of control, our residents are being held hostage in their local communities…I have been inundated with calls for action by citizens from all over the County,” he wrote.

Villanueva sent a copy of the letter to Newsom, who promptly ignored it.

While the LA Board of Supervisors did “respond” to him, they didn’t do so directly. Rather they sent him a letter via the city counsel browbeating him for having the audacity to advocate on behalf of the people he is sworn to protect.

“The letter basically said, ‘mind your own business because there’s now emergency here.’ It said the county has robust outreach programs. But there is nothing you can describe as robust because I’ve seen the problem grow in the past 10 years,” he told the paper.

Villanueva continued sending letters to the board due to being completely dissatisfied with their response—or lack thereof. According to the Examiner, the LA Board of Supervisors appears to be full of wokesters, as is evident from their far left, woke tweets.

As BizPacReview notes, they are full of woke lingo such as “Latinx” (which Latino and Hispanics overwhelmingly hate by the way) and “equity.”

For example, Hilda Solis said:

“Congratulations to my good friend, Dr. Cynthia Telles on your nomination by @POTUS to become Ambassador of Costa Rica! Your expertise and work in our Latinx communities will no doubt strengthen our relationships abroad.”

Holly J. Mitchell:

“Join me on Wednesday, June 15 for a virtual Town Hall hosted by @Wellchildorg on successful strategies for expanding vaccine equity to underserved communities in Los Angeles County…”

Sheila Kuehl:

“Protest has been the bedrock of social justice movements throughout history, and we are witnessing a moral and cultural shift that will ultimately lead to a more just future. Keep going.

Black Lives Matter.”

Janice Hahn:

“Today we kicked off the first-ever #DowneyPride Family Picnic. It was so much fun and sent a message to every LGBTQ young person growing up in Downey that their community loves and accepts them.”

Supervisor Kathryn Barger:

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to invite our Antelope Valley residents to participate in an open, honest conversation about how to improve community relationships and ensure equity.” It then gave a phone number to register.

All five of the above wokesters are on the county’s board.

Unusual in the woke land of Twitter, the response to the sheriff has been almost universally positive.

However in this incident, exactly the opposite occurred, meaning it may actually be possible people, even some on the left are waking up to the incompetence of Democrat leadership, even in a leftist hotbed such as California.

Some responses:

“Thank you Sheriff for your LEADERSHIP on this issue and holding politicians ACCOUNTABLE for the crisis they created and turned a blind eye.”

“You did a noticeably great job cleaning up my area in South Whittier, I am grateful to you that my son has a chance to grow up in a safe environment due to your leadership. Thank you.”

“You Rock Sir! Thank you for all of your hard work, dedication, and commitment to making our City of Angels and California, the Beautiful state it will be once again with GREAT Leaders as yourself. Much respect to you Sir! Keep up the great work.”

“#recall thank you Sheriff for all your hard work in clearing the homeless from Venice[.] I hope you have the opportunity to do the same in other locations! Your[sic] appreciated by so many people who want California to [be] enjoyed by all again safely!”

And finally:

“Politicians don’t want to solve the issue, they want an emergency because you get more power during an emergency.”

Kudos to Sheriff Villanueva. It is gratifying to see a law enforcement leader standing up to woke politicians instead of bending over to political correctness. 

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – San Francisco’s Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing recently requested $20 million from the Board of Supervisors’ Budget and Appropriations Committee to keep operations running over the next two fiscal years of six homeless tent encampments.

These six homeless encampments, which support roughly 260 tents, have already raised eyebrows in terms of cost, since they were launched early on in the pandemic and the first year cost approximately $18.2 million.

Back in November of 2018, a San Francisco ballot measure that was meant to address homelessness via increasing taxes managed to pass.

The ballot measure, known as Prop C, estimated that increasing taxes on corporate entities could raise roughly $250 million to $300 million annually to allocate toward combatting homelessness.

And the spoils that were reaped were emblematic of the idiocracy associated with government spending, as the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing managed to craft tent camps in various areas of San Francisco in 2020 that came with an annual cost of roughly $60,000 per tent, per year.

On June 23rd, the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing came before the Board of Supervisors’ Budget and Appropriations Committee and had asked for additional money to keep the tent cities functioning.

As mentioned earlier, these tent encampments came to fruition during the early stages of the pandemic under good intentions in an effort to have vagrants in San Francisco taken out of crowded shelters and into more open-air environments so as to allow practicable social distancing.

But with these six separate encampments, the campsites also had created accessible showers, around the clock security, and meals brought to the encampments. The cost associated with that first year was to the tune of roughly $18.2 million for about 260 tents spread across all six encampments.

In a report from the San Francisco Chronicle, it noted that these tents were costing taxpayers over $60,000 per year, per tent. To put that into perspective, that’s roughly twice the average cost of an apartment within San Francisco for an entire year.

In a nutshell, the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing managed to have vagrants sleeping in tents on the streets at just about twice the cost of having these same individuals being afforded the dignity of an apartment.

When Supervisor Ahsha Safai addressed the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing’s request for $20 million to keep things running for an additional two years, she rightfully voiced concerns over the costs to keep something running that the city is trying to transition out of:

“$15 million in year one for safe sleeping and $5 million in year two for safe sleeping seems like an exorbitant amount for something we’re trying to transition as quickly as possible. When you factor 260 beds at $15 million for year one, that’s $57,000 per tent.”

Gigi Whitley, a Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing staffer, explained to Safai that when reviewing the prior years’ costs of $18.2 million, $1.2 million was for the showers, $3 million was for providing meals on-site, and $13 million was for that 24-hour security.

Whitley acknowledged that security was expensive, but framed it as a means to make sure the vagrants don’t get uppity and leave the “safe sleeping” areas and camp out outside the designated zones:

“Costs that also include things like security and 24-hour staffing – those are expensive costs, you are correct, but those are also necessary so that someone doesn’t leave the site and go into the neighborhood and maybe establish their intent there.”

Keep in mind that a staffer from the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing pointed out, indirectly, that it actually costs more to have 24-hour security to make sure people don’t leave designated areas than it would cost to have these 260 tent inhabitors to reside in an actual apartment in San Francisco.

That is certainly some top-notch spending.

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In other reports related to homeless in California, Governor Gavin Newsom managed to have a not-so-pleasant interaction with a vagrant in Oakland earlier in June. 

In a previous report we at Law Enforcement Today brought back earlier in June, it turns out that while the California governor was trying to promote small businesses – he was allegedly assaulted by a local vagrant. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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OAKLAND, CA – A 54-year-old man, who was reported as being a local vagrant, was arrested earlier in June for allegedly assaulting Governor Gavin Newsom while he was visiting downtown Oakland in an effort to promote small businesses in the area.

The incident comes during a time where California is dealing with concerning levels of homelessness that officials are working to address and remedy.

On June 17th, Governor Gavin Newsom was walking down the 700 block of Washington Street in Oakland, making his way over to local businesses such as Beastmode Barbershop and Graffiti Pizza in an effort to promote small businesses.

While walking down the sidewalk, a 54-year-old “aggressive individual” was said to have thrown a water bottle at the governor. A statement provided by the CHP noted the following about the encounter:

“This morning, the Governor was approached by an aggressive individual. Members of the Governor’s security detail removed the Governor from the situation and the individual was arrested by CHP officers.”

The 54-year-old male, who was not identified by name by officials as of this writing, was said to have been booked into the Santa Rita Jail under suspicion of resisting an executive officer and assaulting a public official.

Governor Newsom was reportedly not injured during the episode and was even cited as playing off the incident to nearby reports by suggesting that some people have just have different ways of saying “hello”.

Bail for the unnamed suspect was reportedly set at $35,000 and has an arraignment scheduled for June 21st at the East County Hall of Justice in Dublin.

According to a report on the incident from NBC News, a woman who claimed to be the suspect’s sister described the assailant as a homeless man who has a history of mental illness. This woman claiming to be the suspect’s sister also said that the allegations lodged against her brother are “consistent with his past behavior.”

This alleged assault comes roughly one month after Governor Newsom revealed a plan to allocate $12 billion to combat homelessness within California.

In a statement released from the Governor Newsom’s officer on May 11th, this $12 billion will reportedly come from the $100 billion plan known as the “California Comeback Plan”:

“Today, California Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled the second challenge his $100 billion California Comeback Plan will confront – homelessness. Governor Newsom’s $12 billion plan to tackle the issue of homelessness will be the largest investment of its kind in California history. This investment will provide 65,000 people with housing placements, more than 300,000 people with housing stability and create 46,000 new housing units.”

Governor Newsom at the time referenced the previous success of Project Homekey, which that effort saw the likes of hotels being purchased by the state so that they could be converted into housing for those experiencing homelessness:

“Within a year, Homekey did more to address the homelessness and affordable housing crisis than anything that’s been done in decades and became a national model. Now is the time to double down on these successful efforts.”

“The California Comeback Plan invests a historic $12 billion to expand these successful programs and seeks to end family homelessness within five years. That’s the idea behind the Comeback Plan’s homelessness investments – more, faster and with accountability and efficiency stitched into the fabric of these new investments.”

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In other news regarding homelessness in California, we at Law Enforcement Today reported earlier in June that a pedestrian tunnel located in the Los Feliz area of L.A. has reportedly been overtaken by the local homeless population. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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LOS FELIZ, CA – Los Feliz, Los Angeles is the home to an underground pedestrian walkway that has now been overtaken by homeless people, and the residents are urging the city officials to shut it down and fill it in.

The tunnel, which is packed with homeless residents and their belongings is located under the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and New Hampshire Street, and just steps away from Los Feliz Elementary School.

Parents and children, who now rely on a crossing guard to cross the busy boulevard feel this has become a safety issue. 

Senior lead Officer Lenny Davis of the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement:

“We’ve had reports of narcotics being made down below, people actually trying to cook inside the tunnel, trying to heat during the cold time with open flames, so it definitely became a safety issue,”

Davis says the city has tried countless times to secure the 70-year-old tunnel, but people cut the locks or slide through the chain link fencing that surrounds both of the tunnel’s entrances.

The homeless have essentially turned this into an apartment complex. There is reportedly even an electrical cord that stretches from a homeless encampment near the south entrance, down the stairs and to a power source inside the tunnel. This poses an obvious fire threat as well. 

ABC7 reported that Carlos Sarmiento has been living in the tunnel for nearly eight months and gave an Eyewitness News producer a tour of his underground accommodations. The subterranean walkway sports a bed, a sofa, a flat screen television and makeshift walls with lighting overhead.

Sarmiento said:

“I’m looking for a job,” 

Sarmiento continued:

“I don’t want to be here forever because I want to change my life. I want to go get something different.”

Davis has stated that some members of the L.A. City Council, along with residents in the community want the tunnel permanently closed and filled in with concrete so the homeless are not able to gain entry again. 

Milagro Jones, who used to be homeless himself, said:

“They’ll make that inaccessible to the homeless instead of solving the actual problem, which is giving them housing,”

He and his daughter were homeless for a stretch, living on Skid Row and in shelters. Jones says L.A. has to step up its efforts to build places for the unhoused to live before rousting them from their current spots.

He told Eyewitness News:

“The people who are homeless right here are not homeless by their own choice,” 

He went on to say:

“They’re homeless because the city of Los Angeles has not made resources available to them to be housed.”

ABC7 reported that the tunnel is just a block west of another encampment at Berendo Street. Many residents there have been trying for months to get the city to clear it out. There has been substantial progress, with the city finding housing for most of the people who had been living there.

Sara Wilson, who has lived on that block of Berendo for more than two years, said:

“He’s also just a young man,” 

She added:

“He and his partner live here and they have kids that are thankfully with family right now, but they’re just a young couple trying to do their best.”

Davis says more community outreach is needed throughout the city and suggests neighbors band together to find ways to fix the homelessness problems where they live.

He said:

“The solution’s got to come from the community,” 

He went on to say:

“It’s not going to fall on one agency or one department. It’s going to take a village.”

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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