Lawmakers react to viral video of Smittcamp’s public safety concerns

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State lawmakers say they’ve heard the concerns of Fresno County District Attorney Lisa Smittcamp in a social media video that has gone viral. Since we created the clip it’s been viewed over one million times. In the video, the Fresno County DA explains the challenges she believes are facing public safety in the state. 

 Smittcamp’s unscripted speech now has more than 20-thousand shares on Facebook. California lawmakers from both sides of the aisle agree change is needed. 

“This is not political. This is nor R or D. This is not blue and red. This is public safety. This is humanity. This is economy. This is the health of the State of California which is in jeopardy every single day,” said Smittcamp.  

This was part of the unscripted speech from Smittcamp that has gone viral on social media with more than a million views and tens of thousands of shares in the span of just a week. 
     
“She was calling on everybody no matter what your political persuasion here, to rethink this whole question of public safety and responsibility,” said California Republican Assemblyman Jim Patterson. 

“I do think there are things we can do things better, but often times it is taking working across the aisle like we’ve talked about before,” said California Democratic Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula.
  
In California recent law changes turned many felonies into misdemeanors. Law enforcement leaders argue it’s made communities more dangerous. Lawmakers say they’re working on it. 

“That was passed by the voters and what we’re finding out through our legislation is we’re going to have to go back to the voters to help to fix this,” said Arambula. 

The Keep California Safe Initiative has bipartisan support and calls for stiffer crime penalties to hold criminals accountable. Voters will have the final say.   

“Regardless of republican or democrat, they can see a big problem that requires a big fix and we have presented that fix in 2020. I think that is at least some good news,” said Patterson.  
 
“If we just said if you broke someone’s window and got into their car that was a felony because that’s what made common sense, then we could have laws that our communities could feel safe behind,” said Arambula.  

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