Sacramento city attorney threatened to fine Target store for reporting theft crimes: report

The City of Sacramento, California’s legal department threatened to fine a popular retail store for public nuisance over numerous calls to police after thieves stole from its Land Park location multiple times, according to a report.The Sacramento Bee reported that a person with knowledge of the warning, who wanted to remain anonymous out of fear they could be retaliated against, said Sacramento officials warned they would issue an administrative fine to the Target at 2505 Riverside Land Park, during the past year.A police spokesperson confirmed the location to the publication after being asked about the alleged warning.After learning about the city’s warning and comparable actions across the state, state lawmakers added an amendment to a retail theft bill, outlawing these types of threats toward businesses from authorities.Gov.

Gavin Newsom, Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas and state Sen.Mike McGuire are pushing a package with 14 bills that tighten penalties on retail theft offenses.

The lawmakers believe their legislation will help deal with retail theft crimes, rather than pass changes to Proposition 47.Last month, California’s Secretary of State announced that petitioners had garnered more than enough signatures to place a measure to reform Proposition 47 on the November ballot.Prop 47, a voter-approved initiative passed in 2014, loosened the penalties for drug and theft crimes in the state and has been blamed for California’s rampant theft problems.Shortly after the measure to reform Prop 47 was approved, legislators in the Democrat-controlled Capitol in Sacramento began debating legislation that they say would address crime in the state.

Critics say the move is essentially a “poison pill” that Democrats will use to discourage people from voting to fix Prop 47 in November by arguing that doing so would undo the legislation that combats crime.“Newsom keeps insisting that reports of theft are dropping — well, now we know why.Not on...

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Publisher: New York Post

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