Sheriff: Shooting that killed six results when we treat ‘criminals like victims and victims like criminals’

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In the aftermath of the April 3 mass shooting in Sacramento, Calif., the elected sheriff in that jurisdiction suggests that the Democrat-controlled state has its priorities reversed when it comes to public safety.

California, along with some other states, treats criminals like victims and victims like criminals, and the result of this cause and effect puts violent offenders back on the street with predictable, tragic results, Sheriff Scott Jones lamented.

Six people were killed and double that number injured in the gunfire in the downtown Sacramento incident near the state capitol. According to the Sacramento PD, detectives found 100-plus shell casings and a stolen handgun at the scene.

Over the objections of prosecutors, one of the suspects in the Sacramento shooting — who allegedly has a long rap sheet — was reportedly granted early release in February less than halfway through a 10-year sentence for assaulting his girlfriend.

“The best predictor of future behavior is past conduct, and violent people, they’re going to be violent when they get out, and that’s what we’ve seen here,” Jones, who is running for Congress as a Republican, told Fox News.

“Every crime has a victim and these victims are racking up, sometimes minorly and sometimes catastrophically, like we saw in Sacramento [on April 3]. This is the latest, but it, unfortunately, won’t be the last. Because if we don’t change the way California and the rest of this nation treats criminals…then this is only going to be a continuing trend,” the lawman added.

The suspect in question, Smiley Martin, 27, reportedly obtained his early release, in part, under a voter-approved California referendum called Proposition 57, which gives inmates an opportunity to cut their sentence with good behavior.

In an earlier news release, Sacramento PD explained that Martin was hospitalized for “serious injuries from gunfire” and will be booked in the Sacramento County Jail when his medical treatment is completed. The charges are “possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and possession of a machine gun.”

Martin’s brother has also been arrested in connection with the early morning incident.

The investigation is ongoing into the crime that cops claim is gang-related.

The sheriff implied that Prop 57, approved by voters with short memories, is part of the problem.

“In the late 80s and early 90s…violent crime in California and across the country was so bad that it gave rise to things like three strikes, gang enhancements, gun enhancements, things to really address the out-of-control violence that was occurring,” Jones recalled.

“Well, that has led, at least in California, and I think as a nationwide trend, to violent crime being reduced over the last two or three decades, it has worked. But people have a short memory, and they say, ‘Well, since we aren’t as violent anymore, we don’t need these things,’ without realizing the cause and effect, that these things actually reduce violent crime.”

“As we chisel away at these things, as we chisel away at three strikes, as we chisel away at enhancements, as we let people out of jail, as we start treating criminals like victims and victims like criminals, it’s entirely predictable what is going to happen, and we’re seeing it play out,” Sheriff Jones concluded.

California under Gov. Gavin Newsom has also granted early release to thousands of inmates with COVID-19-as a basis.

California voters also approved Proposition 47, a referendum that downgraded certain felonies to misdemeanors, resulting in an epidemic, for example, of smash-and-grab robberies and brazen shoplifting.

Democrats from Joe Biden on down tend to focus on guns rather than those who have a history of using them when it comes to crimes committed with firearms.

Violent crime is surging in California’s big cities (and other Democrat-controlled enclaves around the country) owing to catch-and-release policies as well as various Soros-backed district attorneys who are often ideologically opposed to prosecuting even recidivists or career criminals.

Watch a report on the Sacramento shootout aired by ABC10:

All suspects are presumed innocent until or unless they are convicted in a court of law of any alleged crimes.


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