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Sacramento sends message, ‘crime does pay’— especially mayhem

"There may be upwards of 50 gang factions in Sacramento, but does one voice speak for all members in a single set?"

City council funds Advance Peace program in attempt to quell violence

The City of Sacramento approved a measure to allocate $1.5 million dollars of taxpayers money to pay gang members to stop killing people.

The City Council unanimously approved the “Advance Peace” program in a desperate attempt to address the problem of violent crime.

The city appears to be plunging headlong into a hazy pall in which there are no clear indications that such an experiment will reduce gang killings.

The plan is reckless. You pay 50 street gang captains, to begin with. What about the 3,000-plus other street gangsters who feel left out? What happens when they escalate street gunplay to arrest the attention of the City Council that they have their own “motivation” to shoot — itchy trigger fingers with no allegiance to anyone but themselves? Do you pay them?

The funding for the payments to the criminal gang members will come from the city’s general fund. The money will go to 50 men who are suspected of killing people, but there’s not enough evidence to prosecute them.

The Advance Peace program started in Richmond, Calif. and has been credited by some with reducing murders in the city.

But there are serious concerns. What do you do when the budget for “silent triggers” doubles, triples, quadruples? All that the radical forces have to do is turn up the mayhem to leverage more money.

The Compton Herald asks — was this plan thoroughly vetted? It might curb the violence, initially, but ultimately, we believe the violence will ratchet up and become a bigger problem than before. After all, no one gang member speaks for all. There may be upwards of 50 gang factions in Sacramento, but does one voice speak for all members in a single set? How would the money trickle down, if at all?

We believe criminals should not be rewarded for curbing their inclinations to murder. That’s an extreme measure of kowtowing, bowing to the enemy, shivering in his presence. The threat of prison and worse should be ample deterrent. Traditional measures to curb mayhem still work.

We’d hate to see such an experiment come to Compton, a city that has suffered its fair share of street mayhem through the years. If the problem is the lack of police offers, the City of Sacramento should make better use of the $1.5 million to hire more officers to sweep the streets of violent perpetrators — not reward them.

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