(HorizonPost.com) – Since November, California has reportedly experienced a rash of recurring smash-and-grab thefts in retail stores around San Francisco and Los Angeles. Although police and videos in the areas confirm the growing problem, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) recently stated in an interview with The Washington Times that the allegations of organized retail theft don’t pan out and the “data didn’t back it up.” The White House disagreed.
During a recent briefing, Press Secretary Jen Psaki indicated that the Biden administration disagrees with AOC’s comments. She stated retail theft in California is a growing concern and the administration “sent additional support from the FBI” to help resolve the issue.
Reporter: “@AOC said … she doubted allegations of organized retail thefts …?”
WH Press Sec. Jen Psaki: “We have seen some of these extremely disturbing videos … state and local leaders like Gov. Newsom have identified this as a serious concern, we agree.” pic.twitter.com/14T2bPzhQg
— The Recount (@therecount) December 7, 2021
Representative Jim Banks (R-IN) said AOC’s statement was “tone-deaf and offensive,” especially since at least one security guard lost his life during an incident in San Francisco.
Jason Brewer, senior executive vice president of communications for the Retail Industry Leaders Association, also addressed the New York legislator’s comments. He stated she didn’t have a clue what she was talking about. Brewer further stated there’s plenty of data and video evidence of the problem.
When asked to elaborate on her comments casting doubt about the thefts, the congresswoman refused. However, the Biden Administration supports California’s investigative efforts to stop the robberies and and believes they pose a serious problem.
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