CA Initiative Seeks To Classify Assaulting Cops, Rape & More As 'Violent' Crimes

California State Assemblyman Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), said that the state’s current laws have abandoned crime victims.

Sacramento, CA – A coalition of crime victims, public safety leaders and law enforcement officers have teamed up in an effort to convince California voters to classify over 20 crimes – including rape of an unconscious person and trafficking a child for prostitution – as violent offenses.

Under California’s current law, a slew of offenses most people would likely consider to be “violent” are not legally designated as such.

As a result, offenders convicted of crimes such as kidnapping a child for prostitution, drive-by shootings, felony assault with a deadly weapon, or solicitation to commit murder can be released from prison early, because their crimes were considered to be non-violent, according to the Keep California Safe website.

Detonating a bomb, abuse of an elder, assaulting a police officer with anything other than a firearm, serial arsons, and felony hate crimes are also not considered to be violent offenses.

The proposed Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act of 2020 seeks to expand “the list of offenses that disqualify an inmate” from being eligible for early release onto parole.

“Recent changes to parole laws allowed the early release of dangerous criminals by the law’s failure to define certain crimes as ‘violent,’” the proposed legislation read. “These changes allowed individuals convicted of sex trafficking of children, rape of an unconscious person, felony assault with a deadly weapon, battery on a police officer or firefighter, and felony domestic violence to be considered ‘non-violent offenders.’”

Consequently, so-called “non-violent offenders” have been made eligible for early release after serving “only a fraction of the sentence ordered by a judge,” and have repeatedly been allowed to remain in the community after their release, “even when they commit new crimes and violate the terms” of their parole, according to the document.

Under the proposed legislation, offenders who violate their parole for a third time would be subject to a mandatory hearing to determine whether or not they should be returned to prison.

The proposed legislation noted that protecting citizens from violent crime is of the “utmost importance.”

“Murderers, rapists, child molesters, and other violent criminals should not be released early from prison,” it read.

Crime Victims United President Nina Salarno Besselman, a former Sacramento County deputy district attorney, blasted California’s current laws and urged citizens to support the initiative.

“You can pimp a child for sex, beat a spouse or rape a young woman who passes out at a frat party, and it’s not considered a violent offense under state law, and that’s offensive,” Besselman wrote in an editorial published by CalMatters.

“Until California goes on record that assaulting an unconscious woman, beating up a spouse or sexually abusing a child are in fact unacceptably violent crimes, one wonders how serious the state is about stopping them,” she added.

California State Assemblyman Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), said that the state’s current laws have abandoned crime victims.

“We need to protect the public,” Cooper told KXTV. “There's been a lot of legislation over the past three or four years – and some needed reforms, I'll agree with you – but we've gone way overboard. And at what point—you don't hear folks talking about victims in here. What are we doing to protect victims?"

The initiative has qualified for the 2020 ballot, KXTV reported.

Comments (21)
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Suekat54
Suekat54

Finally...common sense rears it's head in California...Now, if only it survives!

JBo
JBo

This...from a Democrat! Are elected officials in California starting to awaken?

yelyana
yelyana

Did I just wake up and find myself in Wonderland?? A California State Assemblyman said this???

Shellhead76
Shellhead76

He might be a democrat, but he was one of the best sac county sheriff deputies around.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

OMG!!!! :O Isn't this a sign of the end or Armageddon or something? Something intelligent coming out of California... Everyone should begin moving into their bunkers and start praying. The end is near.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Okay the fact that he used to be a cop explains it all. He is a conservative who had to run on the dem ticket to get elected. Well good for him, for speaking out, but don't expect the land of fruits and nuts to listen.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

I am astonished that assaulting an LEO is not already considered a violent crime. Wonderful news. Thank him here, if you are so inclined, like me...

TBL133
TBL133

He was actually Sac County Deputy Sheriff before becoming a politician. He worked his way up through the ranks, so he has seen first hand what crime looks like. I’m glad he has put forth legislation that has gained some traction.

He is trying to undo what Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown did a few years back with Prop 57 - “ Public safety and Rehabilitation Act”. Prop 57 was sold to Californians as a way of reducing violent crime. Here is a list of crimes that became eligible for early release due to being non-violent: -ADW - deadly weapon & force likely [PC 245(a)(1) and 245(a)(4)] -Battery with Serious Bodily Injury [PC 243(d)] -Solicitation to Commit Murder [PC 653f(b)] -Domestic violence [PC 273.5] -Inflicting corporal injury on a child [PC 273d] -First degree burglary [PC 459] -Rape/sodomy/oral copulation of unconscious person or by use of date rape drugs. [PC 261(a)(3) & (4), 286(f), 288a(f)] -Human trafficking involving a minor [PC 236.1(c)] -Hate crimes [PC 422.7] -Arson of forest land [PC 451(c)] causing physical injury -Assault w/ deadly weapon on Peace officer [PC 245(c)] -Active participation in a street gang [PC 186.22] -Exploding destructive device w/ intent to cause injury [PC 18740]

nightangel00
nightangel00

SMH.. How were these ever considered NOT to be violent offenses??,

Manlius
Manlius

We need to enact some protections for this guy. He’s definitely on the ‘endangered species’ list.

Gramercy
Gramercy

Really? This is happening in Caiformia? That I cannot believe...

Stanracer
Stanracer

Wait....what? Some common sense legislation is California. It's about time. How it passes.👍

magnumforc
magnumforc

This won't pass. Our "hug-a-thug" democraps wont allow it to happen because they are emptying the prisons of more felons and illegal aliens as we speak.

DGraves
DGraves

I hope Trump does some rallies in California and gets the silent majority woken up and marching. MAGA

Njaz
Njaz

Hasnt these crimes always been considered to be "violent"? I'm glad CA has light shining in, but what has taken them so long ? ( so glad I moved out of that state! Whew!)

rix is retired
rix is retired

If these crimes are declared non-violent,,, the offenders can be released sooner,, they and their families can politically support the legislators and GOVERNOR who signed this bill...... Its all nothing but MY VOTE politics

61mouse
61mouse

To late Cali you fucked up your own state