Three people who were involved in a car chase that resulted in the death of police officer, Julian Becerra, all had extensive criminal records. In fact, according to court records, two of them had active warrants out for their arrest when the accident occurred.
Officer Becerra was in pursuit of the three after they led police on a car chase in a stolen vehicle. The driver lost control of the car and crashed, and all three began to flee on foot. While attempting to apprehend the trio, Becerra fell off the bridge they were on and fell forty feet to his death.
At the time, the driver had two warrants out for his arrest – a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized absence and motor vehicle theft and felony criminal mischief. His past criminal history includes controlled substance possession with the intent to distribute and robbery. The other man involved had three open cases – two misdemeanor charges for violating probation (from a felony menacing with a weapon charge) and one where he faces twelve charges including stalking, menacing, and harassment.
His past criminal history includes controlled substance possession, aggravated robbery with a weapon, aggravated motor vehicle theft, attempted escape from felony conviction, and burglary. The third in the trio, a woman, did not have a warrant out for her arrest, but has a criminal history involving motor vehicle theft and misdemeanor theft.
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Once again, the tragic effects of recidivism result in the worst of circumstance. How many chances should someone get before we more closely consider those who aren’t getting a second chance at life?
The courts and legislatures around our country need to balance the importance of reintegration after incarceration with the safety of their communities. Like most issues, it is a complex topic, but the stakes are too high not to work together for a better solution.