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Michael Shellenberger, who is running to unseat Gavin Newsom as Governor of California, called out the Democrat, as well as other progressive officials, during an interview with Fox News, for causing much of the violence on the streets due to their soft-on-crime policies.
The segment began with the Los Angeles County Sheriff, Alex Villanueva, denying that they were “ok with the lightweight sentencing” in a recent hit-and-run incident in Venice, saying that they were “never consulted” on the issue, and would “never be ok with this sentencing.”
Following the interview, Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon’s office later issued a correction and walked back his claim that the sheriff’s department “agreed with the felony charges” and lenient sentencing against the teenager who was convicted of driving a car into a mother and her 8-month-old son.
Shellenberger first mentioned that the prison population in the state of California has already been summarily reduced by almost 30 percent, and Newsom “now says he wants to release an additional 76,000 … 63,000 of them are in prison for violent offenses.”
“They said that they were going to do rehabilitation. That was always my understanding … but that’s not what’s happening in these cities, or at the state level.”
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