(04-21) 16:41 PDT MARTINEZ -- Misdemeanors such as assaults, thefts and burglaries will no longer be prosecuted in Contra Costa County because of budget cuts, the county's top prosecutor said Tuesday.
District Attorney Robert Kochly also said that beginning May 4, his office will no longer prosecute felony drug cases involving smaller amounts of narcotics. That means anyone caught with less than a gram of methamphetamine or cocaine, less than 0.5 grams of heroin and fewer than five pills of ecstasy, OxyContin or Vicodin won't be charged.
Huh! Pot is already all but legal in San Francisco just 30 miles away. Now, this knuclehead just made Contra Costa County the new druggie heaven. People will come from miles to commit the crimes that DA Kochly considers the "lesser of evils".
People who are suspected of misdemeanor drug crimes, break minor traffic laws, shoplift, trespass or commit misdemeanor vandalism will also be in the clear. Those crimes won't be prosecuted, either.
Stores might has well close right now. Customers will give themselves "five-finger discounts" all day with no fear. They'll go bankrupt. The economy will collapse.
Don't even bother submitting the cases, Kochly said Monday in a memo to the Contra Costa County Police Chiefs Association.
In a video, Kochly adds grand theft and hit and run to the list of unpunishable offenses. Really? The county will be a demolition derby 24/7.
They might has well not even have a police department.