Our Country Is Being Destroyed By Leftists’ Unwillingness To Punish Murderers, Looters, And Street-Poopers

Our Country Is Being Destroyed By Leftists’ Unwillingness To Punish Murderers, Looters, And Street-Poopers

Leftists’ intentional failure to prosecute violent criminals in some of the country’s most populous cities is propelling our societal breakdown.

Los Angeles officials revealed this week that in 2021, the city saw its highest number of homicides in 15 years. In addition to skyrocketing murders, Los Angeles is also struggling with an uptick in violence on the county’s railroad tracks, which are frequently targeted by gangs of looters. Since December 2020, some railroad companies have reported a “160% increase in criminal rail theft,” which has resulted in “approximately $5 million in claims, losses and damages” to the train companies alone.  

During these raids, teams of looters pull boxes filled with luxury merchandise, Amazon packages, and even medical equipment such as COVID-19 tests and epinephrine pens out of train cars. After picking through the thousands of packages, the scavengers leave the junk in piles on and around the busy tracks.

Union Pacific, the second-largest railroad company in the United States, issued a scathing letter last month scolding the city for failing to control or punish the criminals organizing increasingly popular train raids but to no avail.

With the uptick of train crimes in the last year and a lack of prosecution from progressive district attorneys, Union Pacific said it is evaluating relocating from Los Angeles until the crime problem is properly addressed. Adrian Guerrero, Union Pacific’s director of public affairs, blamed far-left Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon for refusing to prosecute and punish the criminals who raid “over 90 containers” a day.

“Criminals are caught and arrested, turned over to local authorities for booking, arraigned before the local courts, charges are reduced to a misdemeanor or petty offense, and the criminal is released after paying a nominal fine,” Guerrero wrote in a letter to Gascon. “These individuals are generally caught and released back onto the streets in less than twenty-four hours. Even with all the arrests made, the no-cash bail policy and extended timeframe for suspects to appear in court is causing re-victimization to UP by these same criminals. In fact, criminals boast to our officers that charges will be pled down to simple trespassing — which bears no serious consequence.”

“Without any judicial deterrence or consequence, it is no surprise that over the past year UP has witnessed the significant increase in criminal rail theft described above,” Guerrero added.

Los Angeles certainly isn’t the only city experiencing a terrifying rise in violent and destructive crime. New York, D.C., and Chicago all saw “record-high” murders in 2021 while Philadelphia; Portland, Oregon; Louisville, Kentucky; and Albuquerque, New Mexico, “had their deadliest years on record.”

As Federalist Contributor Kyle Sammin noted in a column at the beginning of this year, “in 2021, Philadelphia shattered the previous record in murders, which was 500 in 1990,” which some attributed to the tumultuous social conditions brought on by the death of George Floyd and COVID-19.

“But crime started rising before anyone in Philly ever heard of Wuhan or George Floyd,” Sammin noted. “Years before that, change was already underway when Philadelphians elected a district attorney determined to do anything but put criminals in jail.”

While Democrats and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s rigged Jan. 6 commission like to claim Republicans endorse and even incite violence, there is no denying that progressives’ soft, leftist policies have ravaged cities and are quickly turning the U.S. into a crime-ridden state.

During the 2020 summer of rage, thousands of rioters sacked cities across the nation, costing taxpayers, business owners, and families up to $2 billion. They looted storefronts, set businesses owned by families for generations on fire, and vandalized government property in the name of “racial justice.” Instead of facing condemnation in the courts or in the public court of opinion, however, many of these violent rioters were bailed out on the recommendation of now-Vice President Kamala Harris and progressive-backed initiatives under lax-on-crime policies implemented by leftist DAs.

This same caveat for crime was applied more recently in Waukesha, Wisconsin, when Darrell Brooks Jr. was let out on exceptionally low bail days before he was charged with murder for using his red SUV to mow down dozens of people and kill multiple adults and even a child at the city’s annual Christmas parade.

The Milwaukee district attorney, whose policies set Brooks free, is a pro-criminal-release leftist who previously said it was “guaranteed” that someone he let off easy would kill somebody someday.

“Is there going to be an individual I divert, or I put into [a] treatment program, who’s going to go out and kill somebody?” Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm flippantly said to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 2007. “You bet. Guaranteed. It’s guaranteed to happen. It does not invalidate the overall approach.”

Chisolm was unwilling to take responsibility for letting Brooks off the hook days before his deadly crimes but had also expressed an unwillingness to change his policies, which circumvent or eliminate bail requirements for many dangerous criminals.

Some city officials such as San Francisco Mayor London Breed have finally admitted the necessity of a crime crackdown to address “all the bullsh-t that has destroyed our city,” but that sentiment is not shared in other quickly declining urban areas.

Until prosecutors start being tough on crime again or progressive district attorneys are recalled, crime in the country will continue to skyrocket and harm cities already struggling to keep citizens from fleeing poop-littered streets to red states.


Jordan Boyd is a staff writer at The Federalist and co-producer of The Federalist Radio Hour. Her work has also been featured in The Daily Wire and Fox News. Jordan graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow her on Twitter @jordangdavidson.

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Heather Mac Donald: ‘Savage’ Crimes No Longer Have Consequences — Civilization ‘Breaking Down’ in ‘Slow-Motion’

Heather Mac Donald, a fellow at the Manhattan Institute and among the nation’s foremost statisticians of crime, blasted current criminal justice reform policies which signal to criminals that even “appalling, savage” crimes have no consequences, calling the narrative of minorities under threat from police in America a “completely false” one perpetuated by the Biden administration and the media, while warning that “civilization is breaking down” as the country undergoes a “slow-motion riot.”

In an interview with Steve Malzberg on his weekly commentary show Eat the Press, Mac Donald, who is also a New York Times best-selling author, addressed the rise in officers killed this year which exceeded those killed in any other year.

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“Anti-Cop Mania”

Asked if the current crime surge is the result of the “post-George Floyd anti-cop mania” fueled by the media, Mac Donald replied, “Of course it is.” 

“We are living through a slow-motion riot,” she said.

She then noted the “message” criminals perceive as a result of the lack of repercussions. 

“Whether it’s attacks on officers or attacks on property, criminals have gotten the message that there is no consequence for the most appalling savage behavior when they’re going after cops,” she said.

Mac Donald also lamented the “assault[s]” law enforcement experience in the U.S. today.

“I can tell you across the country in the United States today, when cops get out of their car to make an inquiry, to question somebody who’s acting like he’s pulling up his gun out of his waistband, to go into a drug set, they find themselves routinely surrounded by hostile jeering crowds throwing things at them,” she said. “They’re assaulted.” 

“This is what it’s like to be a cop in America today,” she added.

Citing how cops “can’t take it any longer” as they are “gunned down and ambushed,” she claimed cops are “leaving the profession in droves” in what she called the “Ferguson effect.”

”Officers are backing off under this phony narrative of racism and criminals are emboldened and they are controlling the streets,” she added. “Civilization is breaking down in this country.”

According to the National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), 314 officers have been shot so far this year, with 58 officers killed by gunfire.

Blasting the “false” narrative repeated by the Biden administration and mainstream media that black people “are under threat from the police in this country,” Mac Donald sought to portray the numbers in perspective.

“When you compare the 58 dead officers to the number of officers in the country — which is about 675,000 — and then let’s look at how many unarmed blacks have been fatally shot by a police officer this year: four… of about 40 million blacks,” she said. “That makes a police officer in the United States at least 375 times [more] likely to be killed by a black person in America as an unarmed black is to be killed by a cop.”

Culpability of the Left

Mac Donald blamed the left for depicting crime as fictional.

“The left thinks that crime is a racist fiction,” she said, “[and] that it’s just a creation of the deranged Trumpian imagination.”

Claiming the criminal justice system today is “all about disparate impact,” she warned that safety would not return “unless we confront this conceit head on and completely dismiss it.”

“The reason that prosecutors are not setting bail… that they’re refusing to prosecute theft, shoplifting, resisting arrest, assaults on officers, disorderly conduct, drug dealing… [that] you have police chiefs… telling their officers to back off from ‘stop, question and frisk’ — is because every law enforcement practice has a disparate impact on blacks,” she said.

“That’s not because law enforcement is racist,” she added. “It’s because there is a much, much higher rate of criminal offending among blacks than among whites.”

 The reason for the lack of enforcement of the law, according to Mac Donald, is because prosecutors “have decided they don’t want to put more blacks in prison.”

“They don’t want to hold blacks pre-trial even though they’re a clear threat,” she said, calling to “stop doing that and say that ‘no, our criminal justice system is not racist, yes there are more blacks in prison but that is because their homicide rates are like 13 times the rate of whites.’”

“You cannot enforce the law in a colorblind fashion without having a disparate impact on blacks,” she added.

She also slammed the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, which “doesn’t give a damn about the fact that there were over four dozen black children fatally gunned down in drive-by shootings last year.”

The COVID Pandemic as an Excuse

Asked about White House press secretary Jen Psaki’s suggestion last week that the COVID-19 pandemic is “a root cause” of recent organized looting incidents across the country, Mac Donald called it both “hilarious” and “insane.” 

“The reason is not COVID, it’s de-policing,” she said. “It’s what I’ve called the ‘Ferguson effect.’”

Claiming “the facts are completely wrong,” Mac Donald noted that “crime was going down in this country in the first part of 2020” and only increased “after the George Floyd riots” and only “in the United States.”

“Every other country in the world that had the lockdowns — that had the insane hysteria — crime went down; violent crime went down,” she explained.

“The United States is the only place to see what we saw last year — which was the largest single percentage increase in history — in this nation’s history — in homicides,” she added. “We’re the only ones that saw it.”

Wisconsin Christmas Parade Attack

On the release of Darrell Brooks on $1,000 bail for allegedly running over the mother of his child in the days leading up to his attack on a Christmas parade in Wisconsin last month, which left six people dead and another 62 injured, Mac Donald claimed it was “the reason that [Milwaukee County District Attorney] John Chisholm — who’s one of the early progressive prosecutors — is not imposing bail.” 

“The reason he’s letting criminals out is because of disparate impact,” she added. “He says it.” 

Addressing the lack of media coverage of the parade attack and the perpetrator once the latter was identified as a black male, Mac Donald said “America turns its eyes away from inner-city dysfunction.” 

“We’re terrified of it,” she added. “We’re terrified it’s not going to end.” 

According to Mac Donald, due to “racial equity,” liberal DAs in major cities “don’t want to put more blacks in prison — even if they have assaulted their girlfriend, run over their girlfriend, use guns.”

As a result, she claimed, crime has skyrocketed.

“We’re seeing these hordes looting stores; we’re seeing real domestic terrorism…. not the phony white nationalist kind that is a fiction of… the Biden White House, the Attorney General and the mainstream media,” she said.

Crime Surge

Blasting current policies for producing such spikes in crime, Mac Donald, who is known for her research on the effects of criminal justice reform, argued that law enforcement was the key.

“We [must] say we are going to enforce the law, and the consequences are what they are, and the solution for black crime is to reknit the family, it is not to let criminals out on the streets where they’re going to prey first of all on law-abiding blacks,” she said.

“The solution right now is law enforcement,” she continued. “It’s all we’ve got and the government has its primary responsibility to protect not just life but property.”

“When stores cannot operate and entrepreneurs cannot put their goods into commerce, there is no civilization left,” she added.

Blasting “one excuse after another” for minority crimes, Mac Donald said the “refusal to hold minorities to standards of personal responsibility and respect for the law” is what “breeds” more of it. 

“It’s double standards in our society and we are paying the price in our lives,” she said. 

“Carjacking’s are out of control — they’re coming to a suburb near you,” she added. “People are being dragged to death as a result of a carjacking.” 

She also warned “the thefts are coming” as well. 

“These flash mobs are stripping these stores blind but [now] they’re carrying guns,” she said. “And you know who’s going to go to a store — a Best Buy — at this point with the risk of these sorts of mass assaults?” 

“And who knows if they will start using their guns?” she concluded.

Mac Donald’s remarks come as the U.S. witnesses a continuing rise in violent crime nationwide.

The statistics cited in a City Journal piece this month describe “the largest rate of increase in homicides recorded in modern history”:

Murder rose 29 percent from 2019 to 2020, surpassing the previous record 12.7 percent spike from 1967 to 1968. Unsurprisingly, the victims of the latest surge in violence were not equally distributed across racial groups. The rise in black homicide victims from 2019 to 2020 was almost twice as big as the rise in white victims (28 percent versus 16 percent).

In October, “Squad” member and Defund the Police sympathizer Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) blamed Minnesota’s crime surge on the “dysfunctional police department” that has “chosen to not fulfill their oath of office.”

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VIDEO: Looting Suspects Target Home Depot, High-End Store in L.A. on Black Friday

Officials are investigating a robbery incident inside the Home Depot store in Los Angeles County, Fox 11 reported on Friday.

“The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department responded to reports of a grand theft auto at the Home Depot in the 5000 block of Hardwick Street in Lakewood,” the outlet said.

Officials were told eight individuals who were between ages 15 and 20 grabbed hammers, crowbars, and additional tools from the store. LASD was also informed the group took off in getaway cars parked outside.

One employee said workers tried to stop them.

“We closed the front entrance and they put their sledgehammers up, like whoever got in the way, they were going to hurt them. And then, they actually threatened a customer, but he got away. And then, they just ran out, and the cops got here shortly,” he explained:

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According to deputies, the entire hammer section was cleaned out by the suspects. The incident is currently under investigation, the Fox 11 article said.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, a citywide tactical alert has since been lifted in the majority of the city after a “smash-and-grab” robbery occurred inside a high-end shop in Melrose, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

The agency defined a tactical alert as enabling every available officer to respond to an incident if needed, according to CBS Los Angeles.

“Friday around 8:20 p.m., a large group rushed into a clothing store in Beverly Grove and stole several items. The robbery happened in the 8400 block of Melrose Avenue at a Bottega Veneta store location, which sells high-end items,” the outlet said.

It appeared pepper spray was used during the incident, but it was not clear how the group entered the building and if anyone was arrested.

“Six smash-and-grab robberies took place in the Fairfax District, Beverly Grove and Hancock Park on Black Friday,” the CBS report continued.

California has experienced two weeks of “smash-and-grab” burglaries involving flash mobs of suspects going into stores, breaking glass display cases, and leaving with expensive jewelry, purses, electronics, and additional items.

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“While smash-and-grab burglaries have become commonplace in California — particularly in San Francisco — the quick succession of the crimes has put shoppers and businesses on edge,” Breitbart News reported Friday.

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California Faces Wave of ‘Flash Mob’ Smash-and-Grab Thefts

California has faced two weeks of sustained “smash-and-grab” burglaries around the state involving flash mobs of thieves running into stores, smashing glass cases, and running out with thousands of dollars worth of jewelry, purses, electronics, and other goods.

While smash-and-grab burglaries have become commonplace in California — particularly in San Francisco — the quick succession of the crimes has put shoppers and businesses on edge.

Law enforcement say thieves are being recruited for up to $1,000 to steal goods that are then shipped across state lines and sold on the Internet, making it hard for cops to track the criminals, according to the Daily Mail.

“We’re not talking about someone who needs money or needs food. These are people who go out and do this is for high profit, and for the thrill,” said Ben Dugan, president of the Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail, according to the outlet.

Monday, November 15: Concord

On Monday, November 15 at around 7:30 p.m. PST, nine suspects wearing masks entered the Iceberg Diamonds store located in the Sun Valley Mall in the East Bay Area suburb of Concord, California, and “wiped out the inventory,” according to SF Gate.

The burglary took place while the mall was open, according to the Concord Police Department. Mall customers believed they heard gunshots, but it was the sound of hammers smashing glass, the police said.

When employees tried to intervene, the suspects “held them off with their hammers,” according to police. The suspects fled before police were on scene.

Friday, November 19: San Francisco

On Friday evening, dozens of suspects were captured on video running out of luxury stores Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent, Burberry, and Bloomingdale’s in San Francisco’s Union Square.

Police reportedly arrested eight suspects and seized two cars and guns, according to CalMatters.

Saturday, November 20: Walnut Creek

On Saturday, November 20, at about 900 p.m. PST, as many as 90 suspects carrying crowbars hit a Nordstrom’s in the nearby shopping center at Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek, California.

The store was still open at the time, and four employees were assaulted – one with a knife – two others were struck or punched, and one was pepper-sprayed, according to KRON4 and the Los Angeles Times.

Suspects had parked about 25 cars in front of the store, and stormed three separate entrances. Video showed suspects in masks and dark clothing running back to their parked cars carrying bags of merchandise. Police said they made off with $100,000 to $200,000 worth of goods.

Only three arrests have been made so far — 30-year-old Dana Dawson of San Francisco, 32-year-old Joshua Underwood of San Francisco and 19-year-old Rodney Robinson of Oakland, according to the Times.

The charges include robbery, burglary, conspiracy, possession of stolen property, illegal possession of a firearm by a felon and carrying a concealed weapon, according to KRON4.

Sunday, November 21: Beverly Hills; Palo Alto; Larkspur; Hayward

On Sunday, November 21, there were at least four smash-and-grab burglaries and at least two attempted burglaries on Sunday across California.

In Beverly Hills, suspects attempted to use a sledgehammer to enter Louis Vuitton and Saks Fifth Avenue stores but were unable to get into the stores, according to the TimesThere were multiple suspects traveling in several vehicles, according to City News Service.

In the Bay Area, about 30 to 40 suspects wearing masks arrived in about 20 cars and tried to smash the glass front door to the RealReal boutique in Palo Alto at around 11:20 p.m. PST but were unable to get in. Two women in a green 2017 Ford Escape SUV with headlights off and no license plates were later arrested in connection with the burglary and caught with at least $15,000 from a different RealReal boutique that was burglarized earlier that night in Larkspur, according to the Associated Press and Palo Alto Online.

The Larkspur burglary happened around 9:13 p.m. PST and involved about 40 suspects. The group smashed windows, broke in, and stole merchandise, according to the Palo Alto Online. Police booked the two women, a 20-year-old from Richmond and 21-year-old from Vallejo, into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on suspicion of attempted commercial burglary and conspiracy, both felonies.

Earlier in the day at around 6:30 p.m. PST, a group of suspects — two men and two women — went into a Lululemon store in Palo Alto and stole more than $40,000 worth of merchandise. One of the men had a “visible gun in his waistband,” according to The Mercury News.

At around the same time, suspects hit the Westfield Valley Fair mall in San Jose and stole more than $7,000 of merchandise from a sunglasses store, fleeing in four or five cars with their license plates covered, according to the The Mercury News.

Several stores at the Southland Mall in Hayward were also burglarized by hammer-wielding suspects who stole jewelry, sunglasses, and clothing. Employees reportedly screamed in terror as the heist unfolded.

Monday, November 22: Los Angeles

On Monday, November 22, a group of about 20 suspects tobbed the Grove shopping center in Los Angeles, hitting a Nordstrom’s and a CVS, according to the Daily Mail. They smashed a window and made off with about $5,000 worth of merchandise from Nordstrom’s, and $8,000 from a cash register in the CVS.

The suspects fled the scene in at least four vehicles and three were arrested, according to the City News Service. Police recovered clothing, at least one cash register, and gloves from the suspects’ car.

In another burglary earlier at about 9:45 p.m. PST, six suspects robbed a CVS Pharmacy in Los Angeles, taking three cash registers filled with about $8,500 in cash, according to the City News Service.

Wednesday, November 24: Los Angeles, Santa Rosa

On Wednesday, November 24, there were at least three smash-and-grab robberies across California — two in Southern California, and another near the Bay Area.

In Southern California, suspects hit the the Beverly Center in West Hollywood and a Nordstrom’s at the Westfield Topanga & The Village shopping center in Canoga Park, Los Angeles.

At the Beverly Center, there were two incidents involving groups of suspects entering several stores at the shopping center, grabbing merchandise and running out.

In Canoga Park, “an organized group” entered Nordstrom’s at around 7:00 p.m. PST and made off with handbags worth an estimated $25,000, according to the Los Angeles Police Department and City News Service. They also attacked a security officer with bear spray. The security officer was taken to the hospital for treatment. According to City News Service, the group contained at least five men, including one wearing an orange wig. They jumped into a newer model gray Ford Mustang and sped away from the scene.

In Santa Rosa, about an hour from San Francisco, a group of four suspects hit an Apple store at Santa Rosa Plaza on Wednesday morning in broad daylight, according to the Daily Mail. They stole $20,000 worth of merchandise, according to the outlet. The suspects are believed to be between the ages of 14 and 18.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has vowed to crack down on the retail crimes. However, Rick Caruso, a real estate developer who is considering a run for Los Angeles mayor, told ABC7 that he blames the crimes on elected leaders.

“It’s a manifestation of deciding we’re going to defund the cops,” Caruso told ABC7. “It’s a manifestation of deciding we’re not going to prosecute crimes. I see my city being torn apart because of bad decisions by leaders.”

Observers of the crime wave point to California’s 2014’s Proposition 47, which made thefts of $950 or less a misdemeanor versus a felony.

New York Post columnist Rich Lowry wrote in a November 22 column:

Once people realized that they were unlikely to be arrested or prosecuted for stealing below $1,000, they, of course, responded to the incentive. For their part, the stores advise employees not to interfere with shoplifters lest they get hurt. Many crimes don’t even go reported.

“This is a polity deciding that it is more important to stay its own hand from arresting and jailing criminals than to protect businesses from getting robbed, protect duly employed people from having to watch cretins flout the law and protect neighborhoods from losing retail outlets that they depend on,” he added.

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Cultural Marxism Running Amok – San Francisco Media Say Term “Looters” is Off Limits

Cultural Marxism Running Amok – San Francisco Media Say Term “Looters” is Off Limits

At first I thought this was a parody of news media outlooks.  However, once I saw the article [ABC News] I realized it was not a spoof; it’s very real.

The San Francisco news desk of ABC7 actually has a position called “race and social justice reporter” who claims the term “looting” is a politically and culturally incorrect way to describe the looting that has been taking place over the past several days.  However, I’m not exactly sure of the journalist’s qualifications for reporting, because he also claims not to be able to see the race of the people doing the actual looting.  WATCH:

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… In order for the ideological leftists to continue advancing their insane ideology, they have to pretend not to know things. Race and social justice reporter Julian Glover is certainly proving that point by pretending not to see who is doing the robberies.

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Cultural Marxism Running Amok – San Francisco Media Say Term “Looters” is Off Limits

Cultural Marxism Running Amok – San Francisco Media Say Term “Looters” is Off Limits

At first I thought this was a parody of news media outlooks.  However, once I saw the article [ABC News] I realized it was not a spoof; it’s very real.

The San Francisco news desk of ABC7 actually has a position called “race and social justice reporter” who claims the term “looting” is a politically and culturally incorrect way to describe the looting that has been taking place over the past several days.  However, I’m not exactly sure of the journalist’s qualifications for reporting, because he also claims not to be able to see the race of the people doing the actual looting.  WATCH:

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… In order for the ideological leftists to continue advancing their insane ideology, they have to pretend not to know things. Race and social justice reporter Julian Glover is certainly proving that point by pretending not to see who is doing the robberies.

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Pictures: South Africa Looting and Rioting Continues, Deaths Climb to 32

JOHANNESBURG (AP) – South Africa’s rioting continued Tuesday with the death toll rising to 32 as police and the military struggle to quell the looting and violence in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces.

Many of the deaths occurred in chaotic stampedes as scores of people looted food, electric appliances, liquor, and clothing from retail centers, KwaZulu-Natal premier Sihle Zikalala told the press on Tuesday morning.

People carry goods as they loot and vandalise the Lotsoho Mall in Katlehong township, East of Johannesburg, on July 12, 2021. Several shops are damaged and cars burnt in Johannesburg, following a night of violence. Police are on the scene trying to control further protests. It is unclear if this is linked to sporadic protests following the incarceration of former president Jacob Zuma. (Photo by Phill Magakoe / AFP) (Photo by PHILL MAGAKOE/AFP via Getty Images)

People carry goods as they loot and vandalise the Lotsoho Mall in Katlehong township, East of Johannesburg, on July 12, 2021. Several shops are damaged and cars burnt in Johannesburg, following a night of violence. Police are on the scene trying to control further protests. It is unclear if this is linked to sporadic protests following the incarceration of former president Jacob Zuma. (Photo by Phill Magakoe / AFP) (Photo by PHILL MAGAKOE/AFP via Getty Images)

“Yesterday´s events brought a lot of sadness. The number of people who have died in KwaZulu-Natal alone stands at 26. Many of them died from being trampled on during a stampede while people were looting items,” said Zikalala.

In Gauteng, South Africa’s most populous province which includes the largest city, Johannesburg, six people have died, said officials.

South African Police Services (SAPS) members arrest a looter at the Gold Spot Shopping Centre in Vosloorus, southeast of Johannesburg, on July 12, 2021. - South Africa said it was deploying troops to two provinces, including Johannesburg, after unrest sparked by the jailing of ex-president Jacob Zuma led to six deaths and widespread looting. Overwhelmed police are facing mobs who have ransacked stores. Six people have died, some with gunshot wounds, and 219 people have been arrested, according to a police tally issued before the army deployed. (Photo by GUILLEM SARTORIO / AFP) (Photo by GUILLEM SARTORIO/AFP via Getty Images)

South African Police Services (SAPS) members arrest a looter at the Gold Spot Shopping Centre in Vosloorus, southeast of Johannesburg, on July 12, 2021. – South Africa said it was deploying troops to two provinces, including Johannesburg, after unrest sparked by the jailing of ex-president Jacob Zuma led to six deaths and widespread looting. Overwhelmed police are facing mobs who have ransacked stores. Six people have died, some with gunshot wounds, and 219 people have been arrested, according to a police tally issued before the army deployed. (Photo by GUILLEM SARTORIO / AFP) (Photo by GUILLEM SARTORIO/AFP via Getty Images)

The deployment of 2,500 soldiers to support the South African police has not yet stopped the rampant looting although arrests are being made at some areas in Johannesburg, including Vosloorus in eastern Johannesburg.

Looting continued Tuesday in Johannesburg shopping malls in township areas including Jabulani Mall and Dobsonville Mall in Soweto. There were also reports of continued looting in centers in KwaZulu-Natal.

Looters outside a shopping centre alongside a burning barricade in Durban, South Africa, Monday July 12, 2021. Police say six people are dead and more than 200 have been arrested amid escalating violence during rioting that broke out following the imprisonment of South Africa's former President Jacob Zuma. (AP Photo/Andre Swart)

Looters outside a shopping centre alongside a burning barricade in Durban, South Africa, Monday July 12, 2021. Police say six people are dead and more than 200 have been arrested amid escalating violence during rioting that broke out following the imprisonment of South Africa’s former President Jacob Zuma. (AP Photo/Andre Swart)

The violence started in KwaZulu-Natal last week as protests against the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma, who began serving a 15-month sentence for contempt of court. He was convicted of defying a court order to testify before a state-backed inquiry probing allegations of corruption during his term as president from 2009 to 2018.

The sporadic pro-Zuma violence spiraled into a spree of criminal theft in poor, township areas of the two provinces, according to witnesses. So far the lawlessness has not spread to South Africa’s other nine provinces.

A picture taken in Vosloorus, southeast of Johannesburg, on July 12, 2021 shows the Gold Spot Shopping Centre after being looted. - South Africa said it was deploying troops to two provinces, including Johannesburg, after unrest sparked by the jailing of ex-president Jacob Zuma led to six deaths and widespread looting. Overwhelmed police are facing mobs who have ransacked stores. Six people have died, some with gunshot wounds, and 219 people have been arrested, according to a police tally issued before the army deployed. (Photo by GUILLEM SARTORIO / AFP) (Photo by GUILLEM SARTORIO/AFP via Getty Images)

A picture taken in Vosloorus, southeast of Johannesburg, on July 12, 2021 shows the Gold Spot Shopping Centre after being looted. – South Africa said it was deploying troops to two provinces, including Johannesburg, after unrest sparked by the jailing of ex-president Jacob Zuma led to six deaths and widespread looting. Overwhelmed police are facing mobs who have ransacked stores. Six people have died, some with gunshot wounds, and 219 people have been arrested, according to a police tally issued before the army deployed. (Photo by GUILLEM SARTORIO / AFP) (Photo by GUILLEM SARTORIO/AFP via Getty Images)

The Constitutional Court, the country´s highest court, heard Zuma´s application to have his sentence rescinded on Monday. Zuma’s lawyer presented his arguments that the top court made errors when sentencing Zuma to prison. After 10 hours of testimony on Monday, the court judges said they would study the arguments and announce their decision at a later date.

A Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) officer walks past the wreckage of burnt cars at a car showroom in Jeppestown district, Johannesburg, on July 11, 2021. - Several shops are damaged and cars burnt in Jeppestown, Johannesburg, following a night of violence. Police are on the scene trying to control further protests. It is unclear if this is linked to sporadic protests following the incarceration of former president Jacob Zuma. (Photo by LUCA SOLA / AFP) (Photo by LUCA SOLA/AFP via Getty Images)

A Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) officer walks past the wreckage of burnt cars at a car showroom in Jeppestown district, Johannesburg, on July 11, 2021. – Several shops are damaged and cars burnt in Jeppestown, Johannesburg, following a night of violence. Police are on the scene trying to control further protests. It is unclear if this is linked to sporadic protests following the incarceration of former president Jacob Zuma. (Photo by LUCA SOLA / AFP) (Photo by LUCA SOLA/AFP via Getty Images)

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San Francisco Crime Wave: Rampant Shoplifting, Theft Forces Stores to Cut Hours or Close

The crime wave in San Francisco, California, continues as police presence dwindles and thieves brazenly loot stores, causing Target properties in the Bay Area to announce they are cutting hours to reduce losses.

Target stores, which normally stay open until 10 p.m. in most cities around the country, will be closing at 6 p.m. in San Francisco, according to ABC7:

The company says that for more than a month their stores have experienced an alarming rise in theft and security incidents.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed says cutting hours is not the answer.

“We need to make sure when these crimes occur that there is an accountability component. When police make an arrest which they have – which you saw on the news with the guy on the bike and arrest has been made. Will they be held accountable for what they did?” said Mayor Breed.

This development comes after Walgreens announced it is closing stores because of the inability to keep people from continuously stealing from its stores.

The ongoing thefts have been dubbed “organized retail theft,” but it appears more like looting when several people invade a store and grab as much merchandise as possible before fleeing.

ABC7 reported Walgreens emailed the outlet and said the company told the San Francisco Board of Supervisors that theft in their San Francisco stores is four times more than the average in stores across the country. The company also spends 35 times more on hiring security personnel.

Walgreens has closed 17 stores in the Bay Area in the past five years.

The Public Policy Institute of California’s research shows San Francisco has the lowest arrest rate of any police department in California, according to the ABC7 report.

“That answer does speak to staffing. I mean it’s direct and this is not an excuse, this is a reality,” San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said. “In order for us to be at these locations when these things happen, the officers have to have time to be there.”

“In 1994, voters passed Proposition D, which mandated that there be 1,971 full duty officers,” ABC7 reported. “San Francisco has never reached that goal.”

Last year, the board of supervisors changed the police department’s budget, but now Mayor London Breed is proposing an increase to the budget and has urged supervisors to support the move.

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