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RESOLUTION NO. 7282 <br /> A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ARCADIA, <br /> CALIFORNIA, SUPPORTING THE REDUCING CRIME AND KEEPING <br /> CALIFORNIA SAFE ACT OF 2020 <br /> WHEREAS, protecting every person in our state, including our most vulnerable <br /> children, from violent crime is of the utmost importance. Murderers, rapists, child <br /> molesters and other violent criminals should not be released early from prison; and <br /> WHEREAS, since 2014, California has had a larger increase in violent crime than <br /> the rest of the United States. Since 2013, violent crime in Los Angeles has increased <br /> 69.5%; and <br /> WHEREAS, The FBI Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report for 2018, <br /> which tracks crimes committed during the first six months of the past year in U. S. cities <br /> with populations over 100,000, indicates that violent crime increased in 33 of California's <br /> largest cities last year; and <br /> WHEREAS, recent changes to parole laws allowed the early release of dangerous <br /> criminals by the law's failure to define certain crimes as "violent." These changes allowed <br /> individuals convicted of sex trafficking of children, rape of an unconscious person, felony <br /> assault with a deadly weapon, battery on a police officer or firefighter, and felony domestic <br /> violence to be considered "non-violent offenders"; and <br /> WHEREAS, as a result, these so-called "non-violent" offenders are eligible for early <br /> release from prison after serving only a fraction of the sentence ordered by a judge; and <br /> WHEREAS, violent offenders are also being allowed to remain free in our <br /> communities even when they commit new crimes and violate the terms of their post <br /> release community supervision, like the gang member charged with the murder of Whittier <br /> Police Officer Keith Boyer; and <br /> 2 <br />