Bill is referred to as “The Gang Member Protection Act of 2021” by law enforcement officials across California
– The California District Attorneys Association (CDAA) warns Californians of “dangerous legislation” to be voted in the state parliament following a bad faith move by the draftsman.
Just as the state is stumbling from a dramatic increase in murders and shootings, many of which are gang-related, Sydney State Senator is trying to get through Kamlager, AB 333, a law that, according to the CDAA, would undermine prosecutors’ ability Becoming violent would dramatically weaken gang members behind bars.
Dubbed The Gang Member Protection Act of 2021 by law enforcement officials across California, Kamlager’s legislation would limit the charges prosecutors could bring against violent street gang members, most of whom operate in deprived neighborhoods where they use violence and act Retaliation threats to terrorize victims and silence witnesses.
CDAA had negotiated in good faith an agreement to amend the bill so that prosecutors would not have to prove that a gang was “organized” to bring appropriate charges. Gang attorneys across California had repeatedly warned Senator Kamlager that many violent, criminal street gangs were unorganized or hierarchical. While CDAA waited in good faith to hear if an agreement was reached, Kamlager instead took the bill to a vote, where it was passed without a full and fair debate.
“Unfortunately, this was a malicious move aimed at driving this ruthless legislation forward without giving lawmakers a chance to see how grave it really is,” said Vern Pierson, president of the CDAA. “Prosecutors and law enforcement agencies across California agree that AB 333 is little more than a gift to violent street criminal gangs. It will make our communities even more vulnerable to the predatory acts of gang members, ”he added.
CDAA and law enforcement opponents of AB 333 are urging the public to contact their members of the assembly and urge them to vote against AB 333, which could be voted on Tuesday in the State Assembly.
The California District Attorneys Association is a statewide education and advocacy organization that represents elected prosecutors, city attorneys with criminal departments, and more than 3,500 prosecutors.
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