Mayor Blames Governor Jerry Brown For Hero’s Murder
Mayor Blames Governor Jerry Brown for Hero’s Murder
California Governor Jerry Brown is getting the blame for the October 5th cold-blooded execution of Sergeant Steven Owen of Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department. What’s unusual is that the heat has come from another political figure: Mayor Rex Parris of Lancaster, California.
During a recent interview with Los Angeles radio station KNX-AM, Mayor R. Rex Parris, a friend of Sgt. Owen, said that he would be alive today if not for the governor signing a 2011 “realignment” bill to address overcrowding in state prisons. The bill essentially placed low-level offenders and parole violators into the hands of county officials.
Mayor Parris told KNX-AM prior to Sgt. Owen’s memorial service regarding the governor, “You know, he’s attending and as well he should attend, he should honor Steve Owen, but nobody wants to hear him speak because the truth of the matter is Steve Owen would be alive today but for the governor’s involvement in getting early releases.”
Governor Brown’s spokesman, Evan Westrup, later told Associated Press, “This is a time for mourning, not a time to advance a political agenda.” The “mourning” by the governor of the state in which Sgt. Owen served 29 years honorably did not include speaking at his memorial service.
Westrup told AP that although he attends the funerals of fallen officers, he never speaks, which is a curious policy. It is possible the reason has to do with the fact that Brown is one of the most liberal governors in the nation, and speaking at a fallen hero’s funeral may send the wrong message to his anti-police supporters.
Sgt. Owen was shot in the face while investigating a report of a burglary. The killer then stood over him and fired several shots into his body before fleeing. Police subsequently arrested Trenton Lovell for the murder. Lovell was on parole for armed robbery.
Westrup said that Lovell’s 2009 conviction was before the bill was signed. He served approximately five years in prison for the robbery.
However as reported by AP, prior to the signing of the bill, Lovell would have returned to prison as a parole violator for an early 2016 conviction of driving under the influence. Instead of returning to prison, as would have been the case prior to Brown’s bill, a county judge sentenced Lovell to thirteen days in jail.
The result? Another fallen hero and another politician blamed.
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