and the idea of 'investing' in law enforcement.... ummm, isn't that something we already do, Garr? And since the piece seems focused on letting criminals out of prison, aren't we 'investing' a shitload of money in prison guard pay? And even more than that in their retirement? Don't they get 90% of their wages, paid forever after after they retire? Seems to me we have invested to the point the state is broke. Seems that is siphoning off all the money that could go to maintaining a working law enforcement system.
But that isn't what strikes me most - what gets me is the moves AGAINST law enforcement in our own community, which has reached the point where you have to ask why not just shut it down? Entirely. Everybody hates the cops, from the CLMP to the Board who is voting to set someone up in business in case the cops screw up even though there is no incident, even though there are already several redundant review processes... why should we invest more when law enforcement is being hamstrung at every level?
And it is not just that - so we invest in your officers, and they send the case to the DA - then what? He diverts offenders into drug court? How is that different from "the wholesale release of inmates" exactly? By degrees only, if you ask me. When cases are being diverted, plead down or dismissed, all the investment in the world isn't going to help.
We certainly seem to be at a crossroads, a time where we have to decide where our values lie - are people so complacent that they side against law enforcement? It sure seems that way to me. We've reached a point where we seem to be deciding the choices of drug dealers take precedence, and are preferred.
And no matter how hard the cops work, they can't have any effect when they have to hand the case over to a DA like Gallegos.
That's where your argument - or the argument of whoever wrote the piece - breaks down. It sounds good on the surface, but it misses the real problem.
As it is, that opinion piece, on closer scrutiny, is kinda like the Kentucky Fried Chicken building plunked down in the middle of McKinleyville, completely out of place.