Billionaire businessman and far-left philanthropist George Soros has increasingly invested in elections that have led to the installation of prosecutors with lax enforcement policies. As a result, a growing number of crime victims in Democratic-controlled cities across the country are pointing the finger at his campaign to redesign the criminal justice system.
In a recent interview, the widow of a police officer fatally shot two years ago in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, said that the city’s lenient district attorney was directly responsible for allowing her husband’s killer to roam the streets following a previous arrest.
Terri O’Connor said that District Attorney Larry Krasner, who received support from Soros, essentially sealed her husband’s fate. James O’Connor was serving a warrant when he was shot and killed in 2020.
She said that the suspects responsible the fatal shooting “had lengthy criminal records for guns, shootings, murders” and “were out of jail repeatedly because of our district attorney and his lenient policies.”
O’Connor left little doubt regarding where she places the blame, declaring: “If those males were locked up and kept where they’re supposed to be, my husband would still be here today.”
On the opposite coast, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon has received similar backlash from those who knew two officers shot and killed by a suspected gang member who was released from prison after a prior charge against him were downgraded from a felony.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva declared that the prosecutor’s “policies have grave consequences” that cost two officers their lives.
“Unfortunately, it’s the innocent person who pays the price,” he added. “In this case, two cops are just doing their jobs.”
In addition to Gascon and Krasner, funds associated with Soros have contributed millions of dollars to campaigns for similarly progressive prosecutors in New York, Illinois, Virginia, and elsewhere throughout the U.S.
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For his part, Soros dismisses the criticism aimed at him and recently reiterated his belief in the policies and reforms he has funded in recent years.
Earlier this year, he penned an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal that called for increased investments “in preventing crime with strategies that work – deploying mental-health professionals in crisis situations, investing in youth job programs, and creating opportunities for education behind bars.”
Soros claimed that such an approach “reduces the likelihood that those prisoners will commit new crimes after release,” though his critics would beg to differ.
As U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) argued, Soros-backed prosecutors “have abandoned their duty to public safety by pursuing leniency even for the most heinous crime, and they often flat-out refuse to charge criminals for shoplifting, vagrancy, and entire categories of misdemeanors.”