• Re: Thieves in (Ambassador to India) LA are looting freight trains fill

    From pH@21:1/5 to post.com on Sun Jan 16 02:09:40 2022
    On 2022-01-15, edell post.com <edell@post.com> wrote:
    Thank Eric Garcetti and his asshole DA George Gascón.

    Washington, DC (CNN)Photos and videos showing piles of empty boxes
    littered alongside rail tracks in Los Angeles County, California
    have gone viral as shipping companies say they've seen a dramatic
    spike in railroad theft. Some of the boxes are packages from
    companies like UPS, Amazon and FedEx.

    Union Pacific, one of the country's largest railroad companies, says
    it may avoid operating in Los Angeles County following the spike in
    thefts, which it blames on lax prosecution of crimes. The containers
    and trains are locked, but can be broken into.

    Union Pacific said last month in a letter to the Los Angeles
    District Attorney that it saw a 160% year-over-year increase in
    theft in LA county. The company claims that a December 2020 special
    directive issued by District Attorney George Gascón that changed how low-level offenses are prosecuted has contributed to the uptick.

    Union Pacific said in its letter that in the last three months of
    the year it made over 100 arrests of "active criminals vandalizing
    our trains" in partnership with the LA police department and Los
    Angeles Sherriff department. But Union Pacific, which has its own
    police department with jurisdiction over the 32,000 miles of tracks
    it owns, said that even as it has expanded its security resources
    and partnered more closely with local law enforcement, the problem
    isn't going away. After being arrested individuals are released from
    custody within 24 hours, it said.

    Crime is associated with increases in poverty, which has increased
    during the pandemic. The county's directive was intended to combat
    social ills that come from misdemeanor convictions, such as
    difficulties with employment, housing, education, government
    benefits and immigration.

    "Studies show that prosecution of the offenses driving the bulk of misdemeanor cases have minimal, or even negative, long-term impacts
    on public safety," Gascón said when the directive was issued.

    "Our office is committed to working with law enforcement to ensure
    collective safety across Los Angeles County's sprawling
    infrastructure, whether it's at our ports or on railroad tracks,"
    Alex Bastian, Special Advisor to District Attorney Gascón said when
    reached for comment.

    "Some cases presented to our office by Union Pacific have been
    filed, such as burglary and grand theft, while others have been
    declined due to insufficient evidence. We make charging decisions
    based on the evidence. Our office takes Union Pacific's concerns
    seriously and hopes to discuss this issue more in the coming weeks,"
    he added.

    "While we understand the well-intended social justice goals of the
    policy, we need our justice system to support our partnership
    efforts with local law enforcement, hold these criminals
    accountable, and most important, help protect our employees and the
    critical local and national rail network," Guerrero said.

    The Association of American Railroads expressed concern about the
    crime increase.

    "In coordination with local law and where necessary federal law
    enforcement partners, the industry is committed to pursuing all
    avenues necessary to address this criminal behavior," spokesman Ted
    Greener said in a statement.

    [have sex with] social justice.


    It is astonishing to me that this is allowed to go on.

    I read the article you quoted above in today's paper. This should have been quashed by UP and the local gendarmes as soon as it began to rear its ugly head.

    I concur with you on the concept of "social justice", by the way.....

    pH in Aptos

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