The trend lines have been clear in blue cities and states all across the country.
Violent crime has skyrocketed as radical prosecutors’ lenient approach to dealing with criminals leaves little to fear.
Now one far-left prosecutor has paved the way for an east coast shooting spree with this costly decision.
Gerald Brevard III is suspected of killing two homeless men and wounding others in two east coast cities in March.
The stunner is that if not for the work of one far-left Virginia prosecutor, the suspect would have already been in prison.
Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Steve Descano (D) charged Brevard in December of 2020 with three felonies related to his attempt to abduct a hotel housekeeper and later break into a nearby apartment.
Those crimes – abduction with attempt to defile, burglary, and possession of tools for burglary – together would carry a minimum of 26 years in prison and up to a life sentence.
But six months after being charged, in June 2021, Brevard was free again.
According to the case file, Descano’s office reduced the first two felonies to misdemeanors, and dropped the third entirely.
Less than a year later, Brevard opened fire on a victim and over the course of a nine-day spree, he is alleged to have killed two homeless men and wounded three others in Washington, D.C., and New York City.
This wasn’t just a one-off week of crazy though.
Brevard had previously acquired a long rap sheet, stretching back to 2010, including malicious destruction of property, drug possession, armed robbery, assault with a firearm, and assaulting a police officer.
The more recent crime spree can all be directly attributed to Descano because a policy memo that he distributed the day before Brevard’s arrest urged misdemeanor charges to be sought over felonies wherever possible.
Descano is yet another far-left official swept into power (like radical Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón) with six-figure donations from left-wing billionaire George Soros.
Virginia top prosecutor Jason Miyares (R) says that Descano’s light sentencing for violent criminals enabled Brevard’s violent rampage and Descano puts himself on the side of the criminals over the victims.
Miyares says, “This is an example of his criminal-first, victim-last mindset. You want to be a defense attorney – great, resign. You’re not prosecuting. You’re acting as an advocate for violent criminals.”
Because Descano refuses to do his job in a way that makes citizens feel safe, local groups have announced a recall effort to remove him from office.
Sean Kennedy is President of Virginians for Safe Communities and says, “If Descano had done his job by protecting the public and following the law instead of protecting criminals and imposing his radical ideology there is not a scintilla of doubt that those two innocent men would be alive today. Their lives mattered more than Descano’s reckless agenda.”
Unfortunately for Fairfax County residents, Angelenos or everyday Americans who happen to find themselves otherwise situated in blue cities and states, the coddling of criminals is the entire point – as radicals are looking for “social change.”
Luckily, more and more are recognizing the problem, and hopefully that is the first step to fixing it.
Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.