LOS ANGELES, CA – A veteran Los Angeles Police Department Detective is sending out a warning to anyone who is thinking about visiting the city. He says simply: stay away.
The police detective warns that no one in the area will be able to keep you safe.
Crime in Los Angeles has gotten so out of control, detectives are saying it's not safe for tourists. pic.twitter.com/mnvxYoBNjo
— California Rebel Base (@CARebelBase) December 7, 2021
The message from LAPD Detective Jamie McBride came in the first full week of December, warning anyone who is considering visiting Los Angeles to think twice because they could become a victim in a crime.
McBride blames the raise in the crime rate on one main reason – the liberal approach to criminal justice reform.
McBride spoke to “Fox & Friends First” to explain why and how he has decided to put forth such a dire warning to potential tourists. He said:
“We’re [police] wondering how many times somebody has to be arrested here in L.A. before they stay in jail. It’s sad to say, but it’s almost safer to hang out with Alec Baldwin on a movie set than go shopping in Los Angeles right now.
That’s how crazy it is. It is so violent. We’re telling people don’t visit because we don’t think we can keep you safe right now. And that’s just sad to say.”
McBride continued and placed some of the blame on Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom:
“You’d have to start with the governor, Gavin Newsom…he’s advocated with the ACLU for Proposition 47 as well as George Gascon, who authored that bill…Gavin Newsom needs to be gone.
We need to work on changing these laws back to make it tougher on crime. We need to get rid of these so-called progressive district attorneys. They are advocating for the criminals. It’s almost like it’s [a] shame on you if you’re a victim.
It’s like it’s your fault, and that’s the way they see it…There’s a lot of cleanup to do, but we need to take back the streets. And to be honest with you, it shouldn’t matter if you’re a Republican or a Democrat.
I think we should all want to feel safe in your home, and we should be tough on crime, and that’s where it starts. We have to start from the top and clean house all the way down.”
Proposition 47, which McBride refers to, was passed into law in 2014 and allowed several non-violent felonies to be downgraded to misdemeanors.
This meant that many property crimes, unless the value of the items stolen or damaged reaches and exceeds $950, would be nothing more than a misdemeanor.
And as such, those who have been arrested, regardless of evidence of guilt, were most likely set to be released with a court date.
— Perez (@ThePerezHilton) December 2, 2021
This is something that critics of the Proposition say is allowing the organized crime wave that the area is seeing in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and elsewhere in the state. Tracy McCray, the Vice President of the San Francisco Police Officers Association said:
“Exacerbating the situation is San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin’s insistence on dropping or downgrading charges of those caught red-handed that allows those very same crooks to further victimize our communities over and over again.”
Another issue noted by McBride is the zero bail policy which forces the courts to consider if a defendant has the financial means to post bond.
This simply means that anyone who claims that they are indigent, unless they have committed a violent felony, be immediately released without having to post bail.
— the linebacker and the bear (@LBandBear) December 7, 2021
The increased crime rate in California has been noticed by everyone, including Newsom himself, who basically alludes that law enforcement and prosecutors are not doing their jobs. Newsom said:
“Police need to arrest them [criminals]. Prosecutors need to prosecute them. Judges need to hold people accountable for breaking the law. These are not victimless crimes, and I have no empathy for these criminal elements.”
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LOS ANGELES, CA – A 45-year-old man accused of raping a 16-year-old girl that he allegedly followed from a Metro train to a bus she boarded in late September was arrested on October 6th, according to reports.
The LAPD noted that the rape suspect in custody was already on probation for a previous narcotics offense during the time of the incident.
Police arrested 45-year-old Terry Edward Scott Jr. at approximately 3:20 p.m. within the 500 block of South San Pedro Street on October 6th under suspicion of rape and kidnapping in connection with a September 26th incident where a teenage girl was victimized.
Authorities say that on September 26th at roughly 9:00 p.m., the teenage girl and Scott were riding on the same Metro train from a downtown Long Beach station but were not riding together as a pair of sorts.
Scott allegedly tried approaching the teen several times on the train, which she later moved to a different train car to avoid him.
The train was headed toward north to the Los Angeles area, when the teen girl reportedly exited the train and hopped on a bus, with police saying the suspect followed her onto the same bus. After the victim got off of the bus near Vernon Avenue and San Pedro Street, authorities say that Scott continued to tail the young girl.
In a statement released by the LAPD, it’s alleged that Scott committed the attack at an apartment complex parking lot:
“The suspect forced the victim to a parking lot of an apartment building where he threatened to kill her and then raped her.”
Police attributed credit to numerous tips that came in regarding the October 6th arrest of Scott, which said tips were likely due to authorities releasing surveillance images of the suspect while he was still at-large.
Scott was arraigned on October 8th, with officials noting that he’s being held without bond.
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