FRESNO, CA (KMJ) – Governor Gavin Newsom is slammed as a local and state effort is announced to fight the surge in violent crime in Fresno.
There was no mistaking the message of Fresno County District Attorney Lisa Smittcamp, “The blood of the children being shot by out-of-control gang members in our city is on your hands, and the hands of every person who does not make public safety a priority.”
The DA – calling out Gov. Gavin Newsom for using the pandemic to open cell doors and release violent offenders from prison, on this, the same day that San Quentin Officials are deciding whether to appeal the state’s release of more than 1,100 inmates. Smittcamp says the county is lacking bed space to house local criminals.
US Attorney McGregor Scott, joining Police Chief Andy Hall, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims, and District Attorney Smittcamp at the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office for a press conference on Wednesday, to announce their partnership to target the people causing the violence.
Atty. Scott had a message for the criminals, “we’re not going away, we are not going away.”
The press conference was held on the anniversary of federal initiatives Project Guardian and Project Safe Neighborhoods.
Valley Crime Stoppers later sent out the following press release:
Valley Crime Stoppers Increases rewards
Due to the current increased gang related crimes that have hit many Valley Cities, Valley Crime Stoppers has raised their $3,000 gang related homicide tip reward to $5,000 until the end of 2020. This reward applies to all past and present Gang Related Homicides for tips that lead to an arrest.
All crimes that occur in the San Joaquin Valley have a pay out for an award. Gang Related crimes have increased rewards, and gang related homicides pay out the top amount in the Valley Crime Stoppers reward schedule.
All tips are anonymous and must come through the Valley Crime Stoppers anonymous call center at 498-STOP or go through our anonymous tip system found at www.valleycrimestoppers.org.
Valley Crime Stoppers is a sponsor based non-profit organization working with law enforcement to help them keep out cities safe and get criminals off the streets.
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