Oakland, California, has also seen an upsurge in crime this summer. Their response?
Police and city officials Thursday unveiled their latest plan to get a handle on Oakland's surging crime rate, one that would offer the city's 100 worst criminals a chance to turn their lives around — or else.
“Every cop in Oakland will know who these guys are,” Mayor Jerry Brown said. “These are the people who have been wreaking havoc on our neighborhoods.”
Police Chief Wayne Tucker acknowledged it seems contradictory to crack down on crime by giving people who cause trouble another chance, with offers of job training, substance abuse treatment and other help.
“But it works,” he said, citing the success of similar programs in Chicago and Boston.
Instead of fronting like some right-wing thug, Oakland’s Jerry Brown takes the responsible compassionate way out. And this from a guy who is running for statewide office as Attorney General.
If ever there was a time to suck up to California’s right wing, it would be now.
What’s Anthony Williams’ excuse? He’s not running for anything.
Man, I miss California.