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Enablers of Rising Crime Take Great Pride in Their Work
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Aariel Maynor, sporting multiple facial tattoos, including the Boston Red Sox “B” between his eyes, boasting past employment history as a security guard for pornographic shoots, and accumulating a rap sheet that includes convictions for grand theft, domestic violence, and robbery, looked like a bad candidate for parole to all but the California criminal justice system.

WWJFD?

California paroled Maynor on September 1. Three months later, he allegedly murdered Jacqueline Avant, an 81-year-old philanthropist and wife of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Clarence Avant, at her Los Angeles home.

WWJFD?

Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon responded by holding a press conference in which he railed at the “system” and lamented that Maynor “never received any meaningful intervention that may have helped him set his life on a different path.”

WWJFD?

“We’re trying really hard to use the science that is currently available, the data that is currently available, to do our work,” a defiant Gascon announced, as though the solution to the crime explosion comes from men in lab coats. “And I’m not going to be intimidated by political rhetoric.”

WWJFD?

Indeed, Gascon solicited donations from supporters based on eliminating the same “enhancements” — typically boosting sentences for crimes involving guns or violence or gang membership — that might, along with so much else, have kept Aariel Maynor in prison long past September 1. The subject line of his email solicitation reads, “We’ve got to reform outdated sentence enhancement policies.” Gascon practices what he preaches in refusing to use these longstanding enhancements in prosecuting the alleged gang member accused of using an AR-15 to murder the octogenarian.

WWJFD?

Homicides jumped 17 percent in Los Angeles this year and 49 percent over the last two years. Yet Gascon just released a brochure bragging of eliminating cash bail for most nonviolent felonies, refusing to try juveniles as adults, banning capital punishment as a sentence pursued by his prosecutors, and diverting crimes “associated with substance abuse, poverty and mental illness” from the legal system. “The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office will advance an effective, ethical, and racially equitable system of justice that protects the community, restores victims of crime, and honors the rights of the accused,” the brochure, which includes a page on prosecuting policemen, reads. “We are a learning organization that believes in reduced incarceration and punishment except in circumstances in which it is proportional, in the community’s interest, and serves a rehabilitative or restorative purpose.”

WWJFD?

Idiocy repeats itself. Last month, the district attorney’s office in Milwaukee released Darrell Brooks Jr., an admitted pimp of an underage girl, on $1,000 bail after he allegedly ran over the mother of one of his kids. Later that month, he killed six Christmas-parade marchers in Waukesha by running them over. In Philadelphia, where a murder parolee allegedly conned (note to prosecutors: cons con) six-figures in Covid relief and a man convicted of manslaughter in Delaware who violated probation more than a dozen times allegedly murdered at least four people while out on bail, set an annual record with its 501st homicide of the year on Black Friday. The district attorney downplays the violence. “We don’t have a crisis of lawlessness, we don’t have a crisis of crime, we don’t have a crisis of violence,” Larry Krasner insists. “It’s important that we don’t let this become mushy and bleed into the notion that there is some kind of big spike in crime. There isn’t.”

WWJFD?

For the last 18 months, progressives demanded that we defund the police, abolish cash bail, open the prisons, and give second chances to violent criminals already receiving tenth chances. They did this in the name of Black Lives Matter. In Los Angeles, this madness disguised as a political program resulted in the murder of an 81-year-old black woman who donated to many of the candidates (Maxine Waters, Pramila Jayapal, Beto O’Rourke, etc.) championed by the very mushheads seeking to eliminate cash bail and strip the police of funding. Maybe the politicians she supported might want to repay her generosity by allowing that epiphany that Aariel Maynor denied Avant the chance to experience.

WWJFD?

In Los Angeles, George Gascon, surrounded by more than a dozen district attorneys from points beyond, insisted that the “tough-on-crime approach failed.”

What would Joe Friday do? The opposite of what George Gascon does.

Dumb, de, dumb, dumb, indeed.

Daniel J. Flynn
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Daniel J. Flynn, a senior editor of The American Spectator, is the author of Cult City: Harvey Milk, Jim Jones, and 10 Days That Shook San Francisco (ISI Books, 2018), The War on Football (Regnery, 2013), Blue Collar Intellectuals (ISI Books, 2011), A Conservative History of the American Left (Crown Forum, 2008), Intellectual Morons (Crown Forum, 2004), and Why the Left Hates America (Prima Forum, 2002). His articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, New York Post, City Journal, National Review, and his own website, www.flynnfiles.com.   
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