Newsom addresses weakness in possible White House bid by cleaning up soft-on-crime policies in Oakland

Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) is sending more state assistance to Oakland, California, to help clean up some soft-on-crime policies that could hurt him if he decided to run for president.

Newsom, who is considered a potential contender for the nomination should the party ditch President Joe Biden, said he was sending state prosecutors to the city after it saw a sharp rise in violent crime in 2023. 

“An arrest isn’t enough. Justice demands that suspects are appropriately prosecuted,” Newsom said in a statement. “Whether it’s ‘bipping’ or carjacking, attempted murder or fentanyl trafficking, individuals must be held accountable for their crimes using the full and appropriate weight of the law.”

Preliminary reports from 2023 have indicated that violent crime has increased by 21%, robbery rose by 38%, and vehicle theft increased
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