Trump calls for National Guard to be deployed against San Francisco ‘smash and grabs’

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Former US President Donald Trump has called for the National Guard to be deployed in San Francisco and other Democratic cities to stem a wave of looting and looting.

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Shameless groups of 80 robbers have looted stores across California over the past fortnight, stealing tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in luxury goods and electronics.

Theft has become a hot-button issue for California residents and conservatives across the country, who blame the state’s heavily Democratic leaders for failing to suppress the crime.

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In a statement on Tuesday, Mr Trump said: “If Democrats do not want to immediately stop the looting and robberies that are happening in their cities, the National Guard must be called out.

“This has never happened in our country. A large number of stores are leaving San Francisco and other cities. Some chains are closing most of their stores. All this is not even believable.”

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Police in Los Angeles reported a series of robberies there on the evening of Black Friday, following a 20-strong raid on Nordstrom at an outdoor shopping center called The Grove.

On November 20, more than 80 people charged at Nordstrom and one in Walnut Creek, part of the San Francisco Bay Area, of using pepper spray against employees.

The method appears to have spread to other cities, with a group of 30 allegedly robbing Best Buy in Minneapolis. Several robberies in Chicago have been declared “smash and grab”, although it is not clear how many took part.

Mr Trump has a long history of calling for a military response after he threatened to deploy troops to Portland, Oregon and other Democratic cities during the George Floyd protests last year.

The reasons for the crime’s propensity are unclear, with some moving guilty punishment laws and discrediting police forces, while others point to Shortage of 911 Operators and copycat theft media reports.

Retail owners in San Francisco have also said they are seeing an “epidemic” of shoplifting, although police figures show such thefts have only increased compared to 2020 and are still below their pre-pandemic levels. .

The city’s chief prosecutor Chesa Boudin has become a significant flashpoint, with data obtained by the San Francisco Examiner that her office charged only 50 percent of police-reported shoplifting cases in 2019, compared to 70 percent under its predecessor. Is.

Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Donald Trump

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