Washington state Democrats are seeking to pull back penalties for drive-by shootings in the state in the name of “promoting racial equity in the criminal legal system.”
Washington state Reps. Tarra Simmons and David Hackney introduced H.B. 1692 this month in an effort to keep charges related to drive-by shootings from escalating to an aggravated first-degree murder charge. The lawmakers, according to Fox News, are seeking to remove a 1995 provision that classifies murders “committed during the course of or as a result of a shooting where the discharge of the firearm … is either from a motor vehicle or from the immediate area of a motor vehicle that was used to transport the shooter or the firearm” as aggravated.
Washington Democrats want lighter penalties for drive-by murderers because of "racial equity." All this does is make life more dangerous, especially for black residents who suffer higher rates of criminal gun violence. I discussed with @bdomenech on #FOXNews. pic.twitter.com/178QwnTWOM
— Jason Rantz on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) December 30, 2021
Simmons told Fox she believes “it’s clear that [the original law] was targeted at gangs that were predominantly young and Black” even though historical reports suggest that at the time of the law, “the state was experiencing a surge in gang-related crime.”
“Murder is murder no matter where the bullet comes from but locking young people up and throwing away the key is not the answer,” Simmons said, suggesting that the original provision is an example of “systemic racism.” (Read more from “Democrats Want to Pull Back Penalties for Drive-by Shootings” HERE)
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