On the morning of Jan. 31, Officer Gonzalo Carrasco of the Selma Police Department was flagged down by a homeowner reporting a trespasser on her property. Carrasco stopped and approached the suspect, who fired several shots, striking Carrasco and allegedly killing him.
Responding to the tragedy, Fresno County District Attorney Lisa Smittcamp assigned responsibility for the murder on Assembly Bill 109 and a list of other legal and extraordinary measures the Newsom administration has used to empty its prisons, saying:
“Governor Gavin Newsom, and every legislator in the state of California who supports this over-reaching phenomenon they try to disguise as legitimate criminal justice reform, has the blood of this officer on their hands.”
Newsom, in response to Smittcamp’s criticism, said at a press conference that he was “sick and tired of being lectured by her on public safety.”
However, the data and the facts make clear that Newsom and like-minded officials never listened to the lecture in the first place.