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The latest round of crush attacks on high-end stores in California should not be called looting because it would be racist, two criminal justice experts have told media and police.

The linguistics conference came after police in the San Francisco Bay Area called looting a series of brazen thefts from luxury stores over the weekend. Lorenzo Boyd, professor of criminal justice and community policing at New Haven University, told ABC7 news channel on Tuesday that the term has strong racial overtones and is commonly used when “colored people or townspeople are doing something.” Boyd, a former Boston Deputy Sheriff, went on to say that when people of different ethnicities “do exactly the same” such criminal acts are rarely called looting.

Martin Reynolds, co-executive director of the Robert C. Maynard Institute of Journalism Education, confirmed that he “Looks like it’s an organized armed robbery. It doesn’t look like looting.

The two experts concluded that the media should be careful in their choice of words, because “People draw their own conclusions, if the terminologies you use relate to people’s understanding of how they have been used in the past” Reynolds agreed. The two experts speculated that some media had chosen the word “looting” intentionally, in an attempt to link the wave of crimes to Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial.

Boyd and Reynolds ‘advice has been criticized online, with many conservatives on social media saying the experts’ comments were nothing but political correctness gone mad or a diversionary tactic intended to distract from the public. real problem of crime.

Over the weekend, Southern California saw several smash-and-grab attacks on luxury stores as well as at least one drugstore, where groups totaling up to 50 criminals brazenly attacked. ripped off clothes, jewelry and other goods, then fled the scene. in cars. It even turned to physical violence when dozens of people stormed a Nordstrom store on Saturday night, kicking and punching two employees and spraying pepper on another.

Some have suggested that criminals are knowingly taking advantage of the California law that came into effect in 2014 and which states that an individual caught stealing goods with a total value of less than $ 950 will get away with a misdemeanor charge. . Critics say this lenient approach only serves to empower thieves.

California Governor Gavin Newsom on Monday vowed to go after thieves, adding that he wanted “people to be prosecuted and we want people to feel safe.” His post was echoed by San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, who said he would lay felony charges against nine recently arrested felons.

Incidentally, similar smash-and-grab thefts have also been reported up north in Chicago.

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