Assemblymember Jim Cooper, a possible Sac Sheriff's candidate, addresses smash and grab Bay Area robberies

California AssemblymemberJim Cooper (D - Elk Grove) has issued a statement following this weekend's rash of robberies this weekend throughout the Bay Area. 

Cooper retired from the Sacramento County Sherriff's Department in 2014 as a Captain after a 30-year career and upon his election to the California Assembly. Since his elections as an Assemblymember, Cooper has opposed "soft-on-crime laws that protect criminals in instead of victims."  

In his statement, Cooper said:

The public needs to know that there is a direct correlation between rampant serial theft and voters being duped by proponents of Proposition 47.

We are watching an epidemic of theft caused by Proposition 47 that over promised and under delivered, which has quite literally, turned California into the Wild Wild West. Unfortunately, legislation that I have authored (AB 875) that would have restored accountability has repeatedly failed, while at the same time a myriad of soft-on-crime laws that protect criminals instead of victims have been passed.

Without immediate action by the Legislature, emboldened thieves will continue to blatantly break the law with no consequences resulting in loss of jobs, increased costs for day-to-day essentials for working-class families and increased risk to the public’s safety.”

Gov. Gavin Newsom has also addressed the crimes by committing extra patrols of the California Highway Patrol near shopping centers. Additionally, Newson announced a proposed increase in the 2022-2023 state budget to combat retail theft.
“The level of organized retail theft we are seeing is simply unacceptable,” Newsom said in a statement. “Businesses and customers should feel safe while doing their holiday shopping. That’s why California is substantially increasing CHP’s presence, especially near retail areas, and will be investing even more to aggressively curb retail crime. As a small business owner myself, I am resolved to holding these criminals accountable and protecting our local businesses.” 

Cooper has filed candidacy paperwork to run for Sacramento County Sheriff in California's June 2022 primary but has not formally announced his intentions. It is expected Cooper will formally announce after redistricting maps are released in late December by the California Citizen Redistricting Commission. 

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D.J. Blutarsky said...

Newsom announced yesterday he is going to throw money at the shoplifting problem--classic textbook crisis management! He forgot to create a special commission though!

Kudos to Cooper for saying what needed to be said. As a Democratic Assemblyman, Cooper probably had to walk a fine line on this, but by running for Sheriff, maybe he can lose the partisan shackles once and for all and bring some common sense back to law enforcement.

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