LA’s Welcome Mat for Career Criminals

Kern County, California, District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer has this op-ed in the Bakersfield Californian, satirically inviting the habitual criminals of her county to move to L.A.

Are you a convicted felon with a history of violent crime? A murderer? Rapist? Child molester? Human trafficker? Drunk driver who kills? Do you take pleasure in using firearms to ratchet up body counts in all types of crimes? Do you think it unfair that your history of violent crimes makes your punishment for new crimes higher? If so, I have an exciting opportunity for you.

On Dec. 7, Los Angeles County swore in its newly elected District Attorney George Gascón. Gascón immediately pledged to make Los Angeles a sanctuary for criminals by announcing his refusal to enforce the most basic state laws designed to address serious, violent and repeat offenders. There’s a catch though, his authority only extends to Los Angeles County. Here in Kern County, you’re stuck with me — a district attorney who will strive to enforce laws and demand that crime victims receive justice.

Criminals, you really must ask yourselves, why continue living in our county when you can take your criminal activity to Los Angeles, where you will be greeted with open arms? Let me share why relocation of your criminal activity is really in your best interest.

No, she’s not really dumping on the law-abiding people of L.A. “I pray for victims in LA who are being abandoned by their district attorney and oppose nearly every policy for which Gascón stands.”

Kern County is Bakersfield and vicinity. It is located at the southern end of California’s Central Valley, north of Los Angeles.