As DA, Kamala Let Cop-Killer Escape Death Penalty — Even Dems Were Outraged
In April 2004, three days after a police officer was murdered and before he was laid to rest, then-San Francisco district attorney Kamala Harris announced she would not be seeking a death sentence for the killer.
Harris argued that advocating for the death penalty would “send the wrong message” and be “a poor use of money,” according to National Review.
From National Review:
“On the night of April 10, 2004, San Francisco police officer Isaac Espinoza and his partner, Barry Parker, were patrolling the city’s Bayview District. Despite Bayview’s being a notoriously high-crime neighborhood filled with danger, a selfless sense of duty had led Officer Espinoza to request it as his assignment ‘because he felt he made the most impact as a cop there.’
“As the officers drove the streets, they noticed a man in a long, dark coat who appeared to be acting in a suspicious manner, walking with only one of his arms swinging naturally, as if he were trying to conceal something. They decided they should pull over to stop and talk to him. Officer Espinoza exited the patrol car and followed the man on foot, calling out an order to halt and identifying himself as law enforcement. The man — later identified as David Hill — first sped up before eventually slowing and stopping. He turned around, lifted the AK-47 rifle he had been hiding, and opened fire, murdering Officer Espinoza, who had never even unholstered his service weapon.
“Hill was a member of the West Mob, a criminal street gang that terrorized those who lived and worked within its geographic “territory” by committing rapes, homicides, assaults with firearms, narcotic sales, car thefts, burglaries, and robberies. As an expert testified at trial, ‘Retaliation against a [rival] gang member sends a message to other gang members, but the murder of a police officer sends a message to the community: ‘Hey, even your protectors can be touched.’
“That was Officer Espinoza: a protector of the community, a devoted husband to his wife, and a doting father to his three-year-old daughter, cut down in cold blood.
“Just three days after Espinoza’s murder, before he had been laid to rest and without caring to call his widow, Harris, who was then the San Francisco district attorney, invited reporters and camera crews to a news conference to announce that she would not seek a death sentence in the case. Per the New York Times, she argued that doing so would ‘send the wrong message’ and be ‘a poor use of money.’ But California assemblyman Joseph Canciamilla, a fellow Democrat, explained it better: ‘This is clearly a case where local politics took precedence over the facts of the case and a deliberative review of the circumstances.'”
“Indeed, members of Harris’s own political party were admirably united against her decision. Both of California’s U.S. senators at the time, Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, spoke out against it and called for the death penalty in the case.
“Senator Feinstein, speaking at Officer Espinoza’s funeral, received a standing ovation after passionately arguing that ‘this is not only the definition of tragic, but it is one of the special circumstances called for in the death-penalty law passed by the state of California.’
“Senator Boxer announced that ‘when a police officer is murdered, those responsible should be punished to the fullest extent of the law,’ and urged federal officials to bring a capital case against Hill if Harris wouldn’t.
“Even San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom, who is now the governor of the state, was greatly disturbed by the miscarriage of justice. ‘I never thought something could challenge me in terms of my strong opposition to the death penalty,’ he said. ‘But this experience has rattled my view. It really has.'”
Someone who puts their own partisan politics over justice is clearly unfit for office. This is just one of the many reasons a person like Kamala Harris can never be allowed near power.