Looting while Poor is not a crime?

In Contra Costa County, the District Attorney has decided that if you loot and you are poor, that needs to be taken into consideration.  Tell that to the elderly lady mugged by a criminal, a store owner watching gangs strip his store of products or a family losing technology, money and jewels to a two bit crook—protected by the District Attorney.  Note this story is not from a California newspaper—it took a New York paper to tell us about a corrupt District Attorney.

“A California district attorney is requiring her prosecutors to consider looters’ “needs” when weighing criminal charges against them.

The new mandate, set forth by Contra Costa County District Attorney Diane Becton, makes it tougher to prosecute looting cases in the county, which sits just outside San Francisco.

Investigators must now consider “was this theft offense substantially motivated by the state of emergency, or simply a theft offense which occurred contemporaneously to the declared state of emergency?,” according to the policy reported by local outlet East County Today.

Not that a crime was committed, but the “motivation” must be considered.  In a couple of weeks I will be driving through Contra Costa.  I will not stop inside the County—I will not put myself at risk, physically or financially by being a victim of the District Attorney friends.

A California district attorney is requiring her prosecutors to consider looters’ “needs” when weighing criminal charges against them.

The new mandate, set forth by Contra Costa County District Attorney Diane Becton, makes it tougher to prosecute looting cases in the county, which sits just outside San Francisco.

Investigators must now consider “was this theft offense substantially motivated by the state of emergency, or simply a theft offense which occurred contemporaneously to the declared state of emergency?,” according to the policy reported by local outlet East County Today.

In making that determination, they must also consider five other factors, including “was the theft committed for financial gain or personal need?”

The new policy comes amid the swell of protests, looting and riots in the wake of police-involved shootings of black people across the country.

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