In a statement released Tuesday night Mary Knox, candidate for Contra Costa County District Attorney, blasted District Attorney Diana Becton over “smash and grab” looting.
In her statement, Knox called the incident at Nordstrom in Walnut Creek unacceptable and was entirely predictable.
“Diana Becton, the current district attorney, has not only failed to prosecute these criminals, she has encouraged them to come to Contra Costa to commit these crimes,” said Knox. “After the looting of Walnut Creek in 2020, Becton imposed a requirement on prosecutors to consider looters’ personal needs in the decision whether to charge them with crimes.”
Last September, Becton’s Office issued the following:
Theft Offenses Committed During State of Emergency (PC 463)
In order to promote consistent and equitable filing practices the follow analysis is to be applied when giving consideration to filing of PC 463 (Looting):
1. Was this theft offense substantially motivated by the state of emergency, or simply a theft offense which occurred contemporaneous to the declared state of emergency?
a. Factors to consider in making this determination:
i. Was the target business open or closed to the public during the
state of emergency?
ii. What was the manner and means by which the suspect gained
entry to the target business?
iii. What was the nature/quantity/value of the goods targeted?
iv. Was the theft was committed for financial gain or personal need?
v. Is there an articulable reason why another statute wouldn’t
adequately address the particular incident?
Knox also pointed out that even after Nordstrom lost of $200k in the incident, Becton has not publicly condemned the violence or the organized theft.
“Diana Becton is sending a message to criminals this Holiday Season: come to Contra Costa County – we won’t hold you accountable if you loot our stores,” said Knox. “Public safety must be restored in Contra Costa. Organized looters should go to jail. We need a D.A. who cares and will protect the citizens of Contra Costa.”
Mary Knox announced her run for Contra Costa County District Attorney in July. For more on her campaign, visit: www.maryknox4da.com