Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Don't buy the hype, 'rogue' prosecutors driving violent crime surge, not guns: Expert

Progressive district attorneys are turning their cities into "hellholes," according to former prosecutor

Soft-on-crime district attorneys across the country are to blame for a spike in violent crime – not firearms, a former federal prosecutor told Fox News Digital.

"Guns don’t commit crimes, neither do knives and hammers, people do," said Charles Stimson, now a senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. "It’s a red herring to focus on guns rather than the harder issue of how to enforce the law fairly and hold criminals accountable."

During a visit to New York City last week, President Biden said he would help Mayor Eric Adams get illegal guns off the streets to combat cresting violent crime.

Across the country homicides were up 30% in 2020 compared to 2019, according to FBI data. The murder rate in 22 major U.S. cities was up 44% in 2021 compared to 2019 and 5% compared to 2020, according to a study from the non-partisan Council on Criminal Justice.

Sen. Cotton Demands AG Garland Answer for Lenient Sentence of BLM Rioter

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Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton (R) sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland asking that he address reports indicating that the U.S. Attorney's office requested that a rioter convicted of committing arson during the 2020 Black Lives Matter riots have their sentence significantly reduced.

Montez Terriel Lee was sentenced last month to 10 years in prison and three years of supervised release for lighting a Minneapolis pawn shop on fire on May 28, 2020, just days after the death of George Floyd, according to the Minnesota U.S. Attorney’s Office.

He was caught on surveillance footage pouring accelerant around the shop and then igniting it. According to prosecutors, another video showed Lee saying "[Expletive] this place. We're gonna burn this [expletive] down" as the building was destroyed. The arson is believed to have resulted in the death of a 30-year-old man found in the rubble two months later.


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