May 27, 2023

Restorative Justice Lets Vandals Go Free

Timothy Birdnow

A woke prosecutor in California is letting BLM vandals off with  a misdemeanor for desecrating the statue of Saint Juniper Serra at a Catholic church.

His actions essentially violate the First Amendment as he is "prohibiting the free exercise" of religion.

From the Blaze:

District Attorney Lori E. Frugoli reached the resolution "after a thorough case review by prosecutors and a long discussion among church members, community members, legal counsel for the defendants and the defendants' participation in the Restorative Justice Process guided by Rochelle Edwards of the Transformative Justice Institute."

The vandals were ordered to pay the church for the damages, complete 50 hours of community service, write an apology, participate in a community forum, and stay off church property.

"It is the District Attorney's Office's goal to achieve a fair result on all cases, and I strongly believe justice was served on this one," Frugoli stated. "While this issue has raised emotions because of the sensitivities around religion, community boundaries, and historic inequities, the fact is that a resolution through accountability has been reached through restorative justice and that is a victory for this community."

 

In preparation for the October protest, the church maintenance worker covered the statue in duct tape and boarded up windows, the Catholic News Agency reported.

The outlet reported that "masked rioters" removed the tape and spray-painted the statue before tearing it from its foundation.

According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, there have been at least 255 attacks on Catholic churches since May 2020.

In a letter to Frugoli, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone stated that he is "disturbed but not surprised" by the DA's decision to reduce the charges.

"I have seen this happen too many times before. We are promised justice and equal treatment, only to have our legitimate concerns dismissed, and we ourselves treated as unworthy of consideration," Cordileone wrote.

He stated that during the vandal's attack on the church, the San Rafael Police Department was instructed by a "higher authority" not to intervene while the felony crime was being committed.

Equal justice under the law? Fuggitaboutit!

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