Yesterday, Whittier Police (outside Los Angeles) lost one of their police officers in a shooting that also wounded another officer. ABC News has the details.
The shooter is Michael Christoper Mejia (26), gang member, ex-con, and just recently released from prison.
He could have been there longer except a judge refused to double his last sentence for car theft based on his previous conviction for armed robbery as he could have. Instead of giving Mejia 4 years, the judge gave him two. Part of the "reasoning" as I understand it is that Mejia's first conviction was violent, but the second (car theft) was not.
Mejia is not an illegal alien; he is a US citizen.
Armed robbery, car theft and multiple probation violations. Yet, due to California law AB 109 and the state's preoccupation for relieving jail overcrowding as mandated by the courts, people like Mejia are not kept behind bars. Instead, they are are turned back onto our streets.
Now we have Officer Boyer and another person dead and Officer Patrick Hazel in the hospital.
I just don't get it. I just don't get California's insane policies. I just don't get the liberal mindset that produces tragedies like this.