The last few years we have seen more and more brazen and sophisticated shoplifting from criminals. Sometimes in California we are seeing coordinated gangs.
Many on the right see this as a consequence of district attorney’s that are soft on crimes especially smaller crimes like shoplifting. Arguing that prosecuting these crimes has a negative impact on the lives of the criminals. This approach seems to ignore that not punishing these crimes will embolden criminals that now have less fear of prosecution.
In this case we see a thief shoving an 83 year old Home Depot worker out of the way as he leaves the store. Unfortunately the elderly Home Depot worker died as a result of this after receiving multiple fractures because of the fall.
What do you think the punishment should be for this crime?