Democratic Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass: Profits Driving Crime
During a recent television interview, Mayor Karen Bass of Los Angeles discussed the alarming rise in mass retail theft plaguing her city. She highlighted the role of profits as the primary motivator for criminals engaging in these criminal activities.
The interview showcased a “flash-rob” incident that occurred earlier this month, involving over 30 masked individuals who stole merchandise worth $300,000 from a Nordstrom department store.
Addressing the Issue
As clips from the Nordstrom incident played during the segment, Mayor Bass expressed her perspective, stating, “Well, you know what, things like this happen when there’s profits to be made.”
Mayor Bass also shared positive news about recent law enforcement efforts. A joint force comprising the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, U.S. Marshals Apprehension Task Force, and FBI Apprehension Task Force successfully made 11 arrests, resulting in felony charges.
However, when questioned about the potential influence of criminal justice reform on the increase in crime, Mayor Bass firmly objected, emphasizing that ”The reforms that people object to have nothing, nothing to do with these crimes.”
Mayor Bass drew attention to the online sale of stolen goods, stating, “And one of the things that we need to look at, though, rest assured, they are not selling $10,000 purses in poor communities. They are selling those purses online; they’re selling those two stolen goods online. And so I believe, when you have a crime like that, all of the actors are culpable and need to be dealt with, and so we need to look at the online sales of stolen property because that’s what it is.”
Consequences and Statistics
Mayor Bass highlighted the use of bear spray as one of the ”major consequences” faced by those caught committing felony theft.
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office, between the fall of 2021 and August 16, there have been at least 170 organized retail thefts, including smash and grab incidents, within the city’s jurisdiction.
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