California police chief rips sentencing overhaul after officer's killing


California police chief rips sentencing overhaul after officer’s killing

Published February 21, 2017

A suburban Los Angeles police chief blasted California’s criminal justice reform initiatives Tuesday, one day after a recently paroled gang member fatally shot one of his officers and wounded another.

“We need to wake up. Enough is enough,” Whittier police Chief Jeff Piper told a news conference. “You’re passing these propositions; you’re creating these laws that are raising crimes. It’s not good for our communities and it’s not good for our officers, What you have today is an example of that.”

Michael Christopher Mejia, 26, was arrested Monday after Whittier police Officer Keith Boyer was fatally shot and Officer Patrick Hazell was wounded as they responded to the site of a traffic accident.

Investigators say Mejia, a gang member whose face is covered in tattoos, killed his cousin, Roy Torres, 46, earlier Monday in East Los Angeles before stealing Torres’ car. Mejia was driving through Whittier when he rear-ended another vehicle.

When Boyer and Hazell arrived at the scene, a driver pointed them to the vehicle that had rear-ended his car. As the officers approached Mejia, police said, he opened fire . . .


How awful! :frowning:

Praying for all those affected.


Sowing the wind and reaping the whirlwind.

Prayers for those in harm’s way today and those involved in this tragedy.

May God, in his infinite wisdom, draw all to deepening conversion through this.


He surely has the right and need to express his outrage. Just remember the lesson we learn over and over; legislating to address a specific crisis is never a good idea.

Keeping people in prison for theft will never work. The robbery that first landed him there was another matter. If it was committed with a gun and threat of death, then, yes, he was under-sentenced.


The thing that disturbs me is how little this criminal learned from his time in prison. First robbery, then grand theft, then multiple parole violations, and now two murders in such a short time. We need some way to determine if an inmate has actually changed his attitude before being released. Refusal to change should be met with our refusal to release from prison. After this many chances his next sentence needs to be for life. If he does have some kind of conversion experience in prison, he needs to spend that time as a hermit praying for himself, his victims, and his fellow inmates.


Trader. You said . . . .

We need some way to determine if an inmate has actually changed his attitude before being released. Refusal to change should be met with our refusal to release from prison. After this many chances his next sentence needs to be for life. . . .

Yes I think you are insightful here.

Yesterday many of the California news outlets were reporting about WHY the perp. was released seemingly so early.

Now today I see on some of the same stories today, many of the details have been changed and/or “disputed” or scrubbed. still had the story that I saw yesterday from one of the California news outlets (but did NOT see today from that same site that DID have it yesterday - I won’t mention the news outlet here in case I recalled incorrectly).

But here (below) is the same essential information segment from and has not been . . . deleted.

According to the Whittier Daily News, Piper was referring to AB 109, a state law mandating early prison releases, and Proposition 47, which turned some felony offenses to misdemeanors. AB 109 was signd into law by Governor Jerry Brown in 2011 and voters approved Proposition 47 in 2014.

According to the Whittier Daily News, Michael Mejia was on probation under AB 109, which mandates early prison releases for nonviolent offenders. He was released from state prison in April 2016.

The law also requires “flash incarceration,” for parole violations, which are usually 10 day jail stints. Mejia was arrested on those flash holds at least five times since his release from prison.



Some parts of the story can be seen from the LA Times version . . . . .

. . . . Mejia was sent to state prison in December 2010 after being sentenced to two years for the robbery with a special enhancement of an additional two years for being a gang member. That four-year sentence was reduced by up to 15% for good behavior — a standard practice. The judge gave Mejia 302 days for time already served in jail.

Mejia was paroled on Jan. 26, 2014. He returned to prison on July 30, 2014, on new charges of grand theft auto and vehicle theft. He was sentenced to serve two two-year terms concurrently. He was discharged from Pelican Bay State Prison on April 19, 2016.

In July, he violated terms of his release and got 10 days in jail. He was arrested again in September after authorities moved to revoke his community supervision.

He was arrested in January for again violating the terms of his release and sentenced to a combined 40 days in jail. But he was out again after 10 days, records show. Then, Feb. 2 he was arrested by East L.A. sheriff’s deputies for violating his release terms and “flash incarcerated.”

Mejia was sentenced to 10 days and released Feb. 11… . . . .

Breitbart had more details though on the catch and release aspect here that the LA Times had left out of the story . . . . .

. . . . Signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2011, AB109 was touted as a solution to the state’s prison overcrowding, which the state was mandated to address by a Supreme Court decision.

Rather than transfer prisoners to other states or allow private prison contractors to keep dangerous offenders behind bars, AB109 reclassified dozens of serious — and, in some cases, violent — criminal offenses as “non, non, non”—“non-violent”, “non-serious” and “non-sexual” offenses. That enabled the transfer of tens of thousands of criminals from state prison to county custody.

This prison reform plan, known as “realignment,” was met with considerable resistance by law enforcement officials across the state who worried that overcrowded county jails would be forced to dump dangerous criminals back on the streets.

That appears, in this case, to be exactly what happened.

Officer Boyer, a 28-year veteran of the Whittier Police force, leaves behind two adult sons and a daughter. . . . .

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