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Residents of the country’s current crime capital, California, are upset with several San Jose Police Department officers because they were “rough” with a woman and kid who reportedly tried to interfere in their arrest of six robbery suspects.
According to Bay Area station KNTV, authorities were called to a Macy’s after a group of six to eight male criminals tried robbing the store and assaulted a female employee.
Witnesses reported seeing the security guards detaining a teen shortly thereafter. KNTV says the teen was himself a bystander who had apparently been interfering.
When the authorities arrived, a woman reportedly started complaining about the treatment of the teen. An officer demanded she step away, and then the officer grabbed her and threw her to the ground, after which she was arrested.
Both the teen and the woman have been detained for allegedly interfering. As for the suspects, they reportedly all got away.
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The woman’s daughter, Anna Hamed, is now upset with the authorities.
“The officers decides to get excessively close to my mom, and essentially grabs her arm she had to fling his arm off and he got more upset when she was saying what he was doing was wrong. And that’s when he decided to grab her and slam her to the floor,” she said.
There appeared to be no mention from her about the “wrong” being committed by the violent looters who’d target the Macy’s store. Some say this is understandable given her relationship to the woman.
“At one point, I thought he was going to attack me as soon as he started coming in that direction. I backed up because I was afraid,” another bystander, Marcella Ruiz, said of when the authorities arrived.
The events in San Jose seem to fit within a larger pattern of California residents and officials viewing the police as the problem versus the criminals who commit the crimes that require police intervention.
This pattern is what’s responsible for the “defund the police” movement, which itself is responsible for the passing of lax-on-crime laws and the subsequent uptick in crime.
California has in recent weeks faced an onslaught of smash-and-grab looting incidents in shops ranging from Macy’s to even jewelry stores.
“A small jewelry store in Eastridge Center in San Jose is the latest business to be hit in a wave of smash-and-grabs plaguing the Bay Area,” location station KPIX reported earlier this month.
“The owner of Quick Service Jewelry, who wanted to remain anonymous, told KPIX that five people wearing masks, hoodies and gloves walked into his store around 2:50 p.m. and smashed display cases and grabbing everything they could.”
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This phenomenon has spread to multiple Democrat metropolitans across the country, spurring with it a desire for change — from some, that is.
To their credit, last month New York City residents elected a former police officer as their next mayor. That former officer, Eric Adams, has vowed to put an end to the crime epidemic currently afflicting the city.
Moreover, he’s stood up against “defund the police” and Black Lives Matter activists, telling them in no uncertain terms that he won’t tolerate their BS.
NYC’s mayor-elect challenges Dems to condemn BLM leader’s ‘bloodshed’ and ‘riots’ threat https://t.co/OWJIKKCqkC
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) November 13, 2021
To her credit, last week San Francisco Mayor London Breed pledged similarly.
“It’s time the reign of criminals who are destroying our city, it is time for it come to an end. And it comes to an end when we take the steps to more aggressive with law enforcement. More aggressive with the changes in our policies and less tolerate of all the bullshit that has destroyed our city,” she said during a press conference.
“All of our residents, our workers and everyone who visits our city should feel safe no matter what part of town they are in,” the mayor said. “I know San Francisco is a compassionate city. We are a city that prides ourselves on second chances and rehabilitation. But we’re not a city where anything goes. Our compassion should not be mistaken for weakness or indifference.”
Keep in mind that she used to be a loud “defund the police” advocate, raising the question of whether her newfound rhetoric is the result of her genuinely caring about her constituents, or her simply playing politics.
While Breed’s words are a positive sign overall, incidents like the one in San Jose do call into question, however, whether California residents are ready for the “rough” approach needed to truly quell this crime wave …
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