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A Democratic lawmaker is conceding that it may be time to take things to the next level in order to combat a massive crime spike and bring law and order to residents.
Oliver Thomas, a Democratic New Orleans City Council member, says criminal activity and violence have gotten so bad in the Crescent City that he thinks it may be time to bring in the military.
“Maybe it’s time to talk about bringing in the National Guard,” Thomas said, according to WDSU 6. “If it’s realistic to save lives, to stop these people from coming to shoot up our town.”
“If it’s realistic to stop them from disrespecting our municipal and criminal laws that may be the only realistic thing we can count on,” he added.
Thomas made similar remarks during an earlier interview on Fox News.
“This outburst of indiscriminate crime in too many of our cities includes New Orleans. People want a balanced response. We want to reform the system. We want 21st-century policing,” he said, without really explaining what that means.
“We want respect for the law, just like we want respect for our citizens, but we don’t want to see anything goes,” he continued.
“When I use the term Gotham City, too often there are people who think in our cities and in New Orleans that they can do what they want, when they want, how they want, where they want, and to whom they want,” he said.
Thomas’ plea comes on the heels of an election in San Francisco to recall far-left George Soros-funded District Attorney Chesa Boudin.
Voters in the heavily Democratic city overwhelmingly passed the recall as many blamed his soft-on-crime approach for massive increases in crime there.
Boudin was ousted with 61%, compared to 39% who wanted him to stay as the district attorney.
“This is a movement, not a moment in history,” Boudin said after his defeat. “The coalition that we built is broad, it is diverse, it is strong. And it is a coalition that is deeply committed to justice.”
Now, San Fran Mayor London Breed will have to appoint a temporary DA to backfill Boudin’s position until the next regular election this fall.
“Boudin is not keeping San Francisco safe. He refuses to adequately prosecute criminals and fails to take the drug dealing crisis seriously. He doesn’t hold serial offenders accountable, getting them released from custody, and his response to victims is that ‘hopefully’ home burglaries will go down,” the recall petition said.
Boudin’s defeat likely sends a message to Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón, another Soros-backed DA whose soft-on-crime policies have triggered an effort to recall him as well.
“Tonight showed that voters from every community and every walk of life, regardless of political ideology, are rejecting pro-criminal policies that are masked as criminal justice reform,” said a representative of the Recall Gascon Campaign.
“George Gascón and Chesa Boudin’s failed social experiments have destroyed communities while doing nothing to meaningfully reform the system. If LA County voters sign and return their recall petitions, Gascon will be walking the same plank in the near future,” the rep continued.
Zero Hedge adds:
Boudin was elected in 2019 with 50.8 percent of the vote, defeating Suzy Loftus who received 49.2 percent.
He said the “the old approaches” didn’t make the city safer but ignored the root causes of crime and “perpetuated mass incarceration,” and claimed that in his first year he fought to expand support for crime victims, hold police accountable when they commit unnecessary violence, create an independent “innocence commission,” and establish an economic crimes unit to protect workers’ rights.
Boudin also claimed that “exploiting recalls for political purposes is an abuse of the process [that] disrespects the will of the voters and costs taxpayers millions of dollars.”
The now-former San Fran DA also declared early on that he would not prosecute what he considered minor offenses and instead wanted to shift his office’s focus to serious offenses and corporations. In addition, he has floated the notion of hiring public defenders as prosecutors.
Boudin had also refused to cooperate with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers and even threatened to prosecute ICE officers he accused of breaking “sanctuary city laws.”