The nation was horrified last week when news emerged of the stabbing murder of UCLA student Brianna Kupfer, and according to Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, new details about the man who has since been arrested in the killing are a searing indictment of the soft-on-crime policies pushed by Democrat prosecutors at the expense of public safety, as Fox News reports.
According to news reports, Kupfer, 24, was the victim of a random attack while working at a high-end furniture shop in the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles, an incident which sparked a far-reaching manhunt as well as the offer of a $250,000 reward for information leading to the assailant’s capture, as the New York Post noted.
On Wednesday, 31-year-old Shawn Laval Smith was arrested at a bus stop in Pasadena, and it has since been revealed that he has a lengthy criminal record, not just in California, but also in North and South Carolina, and was out on bond at the time of the attack for an incident in which he allegedly shot a flare gun at a car containing a child, according to Fox News.
In Villanueva’s estimation, a combination of soft-on-crime prosecutors and a failing mental health system are largely responsible for Kupfer’s death specifically and a rise in criminal activity more generally in localities across the country.
“We have an open-air mental asylum, Villanueva said, adding in regard to Smith, “he was arrested, possibly for possession of stolen items. It used to be a felony and now it’s a misdemeanor. [He] got out on a ticket in October and a few months later he’s killing Brianna right at the start of her life.”
The sheriff continued, saying, “We’re allowing killers to walk freely amongst us. We’ve become so used to seeing people behave erratically in public that it doesn’t draw attention until someone gets killed. We’ve been desensitized to the fact that people need help. They cannot be safely walking amongst us. That’s just a fantasy.”
Though the sheriff did not single out anyone in particular for the policies he feels led to this and other tragedies, it is a safe assumption that he was making at least vague reference to George Gascon, Los Angeles’ work district attorney who has made a name for himself with his progressive policies and refusal to prosecute substantial categories of crime.
Longtime L.A. County prosecutor Jonathan Hatami, a frequent critic of Gascon, came much closer to calling him out by name in the wake of Kupfer’s death, saying, “No parent should ever have to bury their child. But, if you do lose a child to violence, we must have a D.A. who is willing to stand up and fight for the victims and prosecute these cases to the fullest extent of the law.”
Though far-left, Soros-backed prosecutors such as New York’s Alvin Bragg, Philadelphia’s Larry Krasner, Chicago’s Kim Foxx, and Gascon himself have all regrettably become ensconced in many of America’s big cities, the devastation their policies have wrought can no longer be ignored, and hopefully, their careers will soon be ended by an electorate no longer willing to tolerate the abject lawlessness they seem determined to foster.