Democrat lawmakers in Washington state, including a convicted felon. are trying to reduce the criminal penalty for killing someone in a drive-by shooting, claiming the mandated prison sentence for murder is “racist.”
Washington State Representatives Tarra Simmons and David Hackney have introduced House Bill 1692, eliminating the mandatory life sentence for killing someone in a drive-by shooting.
The bill was introduced after Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz reported a 100% increase in drive-by shootings in 2021, and that 80 percent of the victims are black or Hispanic.
Under Washington law, a murder is upgraded to aggravated murder in the first degree if
“(t)he murder was committed during the course of or as a result of a shooting where the discharge of the firearm… is either from a motor vehicle or from the immediate area of a motor vehicle that was used to transport the shooter or the firearm.”
Simmons and Hackney claim the prison sentences are part of a plan to lock up young black men, even though it’s only been used once since its 1995 adoption.
Simmons, a white woman, is a convicted felon, having served 30 months in prison for drug violations and theft before being elected to the Washington State House.
The move is part of a larger plan by Democrats nationwide to reduce or even eliminate criminal penalties for crime. Some liberals see crime, such as theft and rioting, as part of a larger “social justice” movement.
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