January 19, 2019
As the campaign to find you a new mommy continues to heat up, Kamala Harris is being shown to have kept black criminals in prison rather than releasing them onto the streets.
Is that truly the kind of mommy you want as a mommy?
The New York Times thinks maybe not, apparently.
As speculation grows over U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris’s presidential aspirations, the California Democrat’s record as a prosecutor and state attorney general are attracting new scrutiny.
The perception that Harris, 54, acted as a “progressive prosecutor” during her tenure as the district attorney of San Francisco and then California’s attorney general contradict her actions, a University of San Francisco associate law professor argues in an op-ed piece.
“Time after time, when progressives urged her to embrace criminal justice reforms as a district attorney and then the state’s attorney general, Ms. Harris opposed them or stayed silent,” Lara Bazelon writes in the New York Times.
“Most troubling, Ms. Harris fought tooth and nail to uphold wrongful convictions that had been secured through official misconduct that included evidence tampering, false testimony and the suppression of crucial information by prosecutors.”
Bazelon then lists multiple instances where the Democratic senator failed to embrace criminal justice reforms – either opposing them or declining to state an opinion.
She cites Harris’ reluctance to take a position in 2014 on opposition to Proposition 47, a voter-approved ballot measure that reduced certain low-level felonies to misdemeanors. Bazelon also takes issue with Harris for not supporting standards on body-worn cameras for police officers.
According to Bazelon, Harris also opposed a 2015 bill requiring her office to investigate officer-involved shootings. Bazelon’s Times piece criticizes Harris’s decision to continue to prosecute death penalty cases as state attorney general even while supposedly opposing capital punishment.
“It is true that politicians must make concessions to get the support of key interest groups. The fierce, collective opposition of law enforcement and local district attorney associations can be hard to overcome at the ballot box. But in her career, Ms. Harris did not barter or trade to get the support of more conservative law-and-order types; she gave it all away,” Bazelon writes.
“All too often, she was on the wrong side of that history,” Bazelon writes in the Times.
It’s a tough thing to have to choose a new mommy.
But I think we can all agree that we should have a mommy who takes pleasure in releasing black gang members from prison onto the streets.
We need a mommy who will be strict with us, but will also love us.
And who we love.
Kamala Harris is a strong mommy, but is she loving enough to be our true mommy?