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A Dallas County prosecutor set off a firestorm of controversy last week when he announced his office will no longer prosecute cases of theft under $750 or "low-level" drug possession.

Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot released a letter on Wednesday detailing his sweeping reform measures, including releasing defendants who steal "personal items" or drugs valued at $749.99. or less.

Creuzot, a Democrat, defined "personal items" as necessities such as bread, milk, diapers or baby formula. He didn't explain how drugs fall under the category of necessities.

"Personal items are limited to necessary items," he wrote. "Personal items would include items such as necessary food, diapers and baby formula.

He added that thieves can walk free as long as the items they steal are not for "economic gain."

He said most thefts of "lower-value" necessary items are done so out of hunger and poverty. And he hoped his new measures will end "mass incarceration" and jail time for violations which aren't a threat to public safety.

Creuzot said criminals who steal more expensive merchandise are more likely doing so for economic gain.

He wrote that thefts of items valued between $100 and $750 qualify as a Class B misdemeanor under state law.

Creuzot has come under fire from the governor, mayor, police department, a police union and many retailers who are considering closing stores in low-income neighborhoods where retail crimes are exceedingly high.

Creuzot has already dismissed more than 1,000 drug possession cases since taking office this year, according to the Dallas Morning News.

In a tweet on Monday, Gov. Greg Abbott said Creuzot's new policy amounts to "wealth redistribution by theft."

"If someone is hungry they can just steal some food. If cold, steal a coat. Where does it end?"

On Wednesday, the largest police union in the state called for Creuzot to be removed from office.

Sgt. Todd Harrison, the president of the union, Sid Creuzot has opened up many windows to allow the common criminal to feast on the business retail community.”
 

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  • T865!

    ?? I’m all for incarceration reform, but y’all know this is gonna be a disaster ?????

  • Tamara Artis-Dawkins

    There are other DA offices doing the same but they are not making public statements. Also they are allowing people to bond out with signature bonds instead of cash becasue it is based on your ability to pay not on the crime itself.

  • Being bad is way more fun

    First . People are mad because they cant just arrest minorities for little or no reason .. I like this idea and I hope more police districts do the same thing !!!

  • Michelle Peele

    Um...having just moved to Dallas, I'd like to know when this law goes into effect.

  • chan chan

    It’s not going to be a disaster they haven’t been prosecuting white folks for petty stuff and they steal allllll the time.

  • the guest

    Law enforcement already ignore crimes and mostly ignore domestic violence. Thieves know they can get away with stealing, drug dealers know they can deal, and batterers know they can beat their families. Because police are trained to overlook actual crime and they are annoyed by reports of crime.

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    In Texas you can kill a person at night to retrieve stolen property

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    You wrong to think police ignore domestic violence

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    Would you like it if someone steal the groceries out your car

  • BEANTOWN BULLI

    lol

  • Braxton P. Hartnabrig

    DAMN!!! Crime is already bad in Dallas now it may get worse. Now the lil niggas who don't have a father to teach them right from wrong go be stealing all the Now And Laters.

  • BEANTOWN BULLI

    And when white people steal they steal BIG!!!

  • Phillybruh

    They actually steal more than minorities, but we they take a loaf of bread it means something totally different.

  • Phillybruh

    Getting 5 years in prison for stealing bread or diapers is insane and that's exactly what was being done. So kudos to departments that are going in the right directions.

  • T Willis

    ???

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    And all of those in law enforcement and judges who own stocks in private prisons are going to come after his neck.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Why?
    Are you just asking for a 'friend'?

  • T865!

    Well now nobody will need to grocery shop anymore.. just make a run to Walmart and steal all the ingredients to the meal you’ll make that day as long as it’s not over $750. ????? Sounds like a plan, until a security guard in the store puts a bullet in your ass! But, but Mr. Mayor said they aren’t prosecuting for petty thiefs.. or when somebody steals your shit because they want too, but not for resale and the police say “tough luck”??

  • wigmon68

    Can you please cite a case where someone has gotten 5 years in jail for stealing a loaf of bread or some diapers?

  • Michelle Peele

    Nah...I'm about 10 minutes from Kroger's and...nevamind. Lol

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Exactly.
    Whites embezzle which is basically theft without violence only because white are disproportionately allowed in management positions where they can steal stock or fudge some numbers and kept it for themselves

  • free

    interesting to see how this plays out. sometimes people think the worst and it turns out to be the best. grocery and convenience stores are gonna take a hit. i would lock up my formula and diapers and make them pay at the counter like for cigarettes.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    LOL

  • free

    3 strikes put everybody in jail for stealing those items. the point is a lot of people are stealing out of hunger and filling up the damn jails.

  • chaisun

    Just in time to normalize and pacify the biggest users, whites with their opioid and meth. Lobbying to create and change laws and refusing to call them junkies while instead labeling it “troubled and diseased”. They’ve never seen the inside of a jail like Black crack users of the 80’s have, many of which are still in prison. Just like the thousands of Black men in prison for petty crimes or low level marijuana charges. This change doesn’t benefit us. It benefits the countries biggest users, enablers, the pale group leading ever epidemic currently, the worlds most evil and corrupt demonic whites. Yet they’re still concerned about us.

  • Phillybruh

    They already lock those things up, but don't those stores prepare for loss already.

  • wigmon68

    So repeat offenders who just continue to break the law. But still, can you cite me a case, because three strikes generally individuals convicted of 3 felonies and I don't know of any jurisdiction where stealing a loaf of bread is a felony.

  • chaisun

    ???

  • Phillybruh

    You get the point of adjusting the law, people are in jail for minor infractions. Can I cite you case, not off the top of my head and I just don't feeling googling things this morning. But If these things weren't happening then no need to adjust this law, right?

  • Phillybruh

    Ding, ding, ding!!!

  • Trey

    this is wrong and it encourages crime....wow

  • iWasteTime

    Not 5 years but this man got 13 years for attempted food theft because of 3 strikes.. https://thegrio.com/2010/08/18/homeless-man-free-after-13-years-in-jail-for-stealing-food/

    This person stole a pair of sneakers at 15. Sneakers were less than $750 and got 5 years and 10 years probation
    https://www.theroot.com/georgia-teen-with-no-prior-record-sentenced-to-5-years-1826480462

  • Phillybruh

    Crime will still be punished, just stealing hamburger is not important enough for high bail.

  • the guest

    Lol

  • wigmon68

    So basically, you can't back up what you stated, which is clearly a false statement. I would love to hear the reaction to the up voters when someone steals stuff from them. I imagine its likely a "take matters into your own hands" kinda group.

  • Dowoop

    Lmao

  • Phillybruh

    Its not a false statement though, if the laws were perfect and not ensnaring people with small infractions then they wouldn't need changing. I'm not condoning stealing, but I'm not going to sit here and say even if I was a store owner who should be insured for this, and say lock him up for years.

  • Dowoop

    Well if u get caught at the store, the owners get their shit back. If they get caught afterwards the store wasn't getting shit back anyways. Jail doesn't always deter criminals anyways.

  • Trey

    I read that charges would be dismissed and or not prosecuted?

    If the bails are set lower and lower punishments...then cool!

  • BEANTOWN BULLI

    Yes!!! What's that show American greed!!! I swear if I watched 50 episodes 48 of them were white people. Soon as a black person miss a letter or number there are all types of alerts. These people scam and rob for years!

  • T865!

    True but for a lot of people it does. I hope it works out.

  • Nina Ross

    Why should taxpayers pay to incarcerate people for stealing bubble gum!???

  • Nina Ross

    Good!

  • Nina Ross

    Exactly

  • Nina Ross

    Jerry Dwayne Williams... ?Stealing one slice of pizza results in life sentence

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    If I was a student in Dallas I would stop by the convenience store to stock up on chewing gum, chips, juice and a sandwich every morning on my way to school. ?

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    So now you can just go over to your friend's house and steal their cellphone or ipad, and not have to worry about being prosecuted? This is dumb.

  • Being bad is way more fun

    They can do it all day everyday if I have and they have nothing .. I feel I will be blessed to feed us all !!!

  • wigmon68

    The first case, the man had 2 prior robbery convictions (stolen purse and attempted robbery of man on the street) so not remotely in the same ball park of taking a loaf of bread.

    The second case, the kid arranged for a meet to buy sneakers with intent to steal them. When the owner tried to stop him, another teen with the kid pulled a gun. Hence, he was involved in an armed robbery. Again, nothing close to a hungry person taking a loaf of bread.

    These attempts at justification are making people look silly.

  • Phillybruh

    I'm confused as too how this encourages you to be a thief. But I guess go get your gum

  • WinterIsComing

    Seriously? So these theiving opioid junkies won’t be held accountable? Boy oh boy white privilege has a far reach! In Ohio they are doing THEEE MOST to keep these opioid junkies alive and out of prison.

  • Phillybruh

    Those things are over 750.00 they are automatically prosecuted.

  • Trey

    So what happens when a shop owner shoots a kid because of the increase in petty crime?

  • Trey

    Kids are immature....when you are rewarded at a young age for stealing...you eventually get used to it

  • Trey

    There should be reform in punishments...not passes for crimes

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    A shop owner cant just shoot somebody for shoplifting. He/she will go to jail for that... and they should.

  • wigmon68

    "In 1985, he was arrested twice on suspicion of car theft and was convicted of receiving stolen property. Over the next several years, Williams racked up convictions for drug possession, vehicle theft and
    robbery, serving time in jail and on probation. He was eventually sentenced to two years in prison for attempted robbery and for violating probation."

    The third strike was stealing pizza from kids (aged 7-15). While I agree that single charge is fairly benign, it was the other charges that got him in that situation. IF he had simply stolen pizza one time, he would have gotten a slap on the wrist.

  • free

    it says "necessities".

  • WinterIsComing

    Didn’t happen to that Korean that shot that black girl for stealing in LA back in the 90s.

  • Trey

    Of course they will go to jail...thats today....but if they getting robbed all day everyday for something they have worked for ...they gonna do something desperate

  • Trey

    Somebody break into yall house at 2am to steal some food..yall gonna shoot them...

    This is dumb

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    They might have a fridge full but want yours too

  • wigmon68

    It is not a prosecutors job to adjust the law. That is the job of the elected representatives. IF the people electing them want those laws, then that is what the laws should be. IF you don't like the laws, move someplace where laws are more relaxed, or vote for different representatives. I tend to think most people are for strict laws. Again, hungry people don't go to jail for stealing a loaf of bread.

  • Phillybruh

    Who rewards kids for stealing, I swear the grasping at straws here.

  • wigmon68

    Um, I don't think anyone is forcing people into committing "small infractions". The ones listed in this thread as an attempted justification for lenience include robbery, armed robbery, breaking and entering, drug dealing, receiving stolen property.

    I'd be more sympathetic to the cause if I could be shown an individual that simply took food because they were hungry and ended up in jail for that one act.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    A hamburger I can understand... but $750 is a high bar. You can steal a lot of valuable stuff that costs under $750.

  • wigmon68

    Um, this prosecutor. No prosecution for stealing food, so the reward is free food.

  • wigmon68

    Bail? The prosecutor said he wasn't going to prosecute the crime at all (ie, no bail, no trial, no fine, no record).

  • Phillybruh

    Again, your grasping at straws but like I said go awf.

  • free

    good intent...but i see folk prepared to fugg it up for everybody, as usual.

  • Trey

    Thats what I read

  • wigmon68

    The gov't gives out free cell phones to the needy, so it appears they are.

  • Blak

    In other words, ninjas are free to rob and sell drugs. I guess I will not be returning to Texas

  • Phillybruh

    Run for DA and re impose these laws since your so against adjusting them

  • Trey

    ^^ Spoken like a true criminal

  • free

    you got your citations up top. and there are actually more. don't matter what the priors are. they're in jail for food and costing taxpayer money.

  • wigmon68

    ITs not in the DAs power to change the law, but thats a different argument. You just said "crime will still be punished", but thats not true according to what the DA has said.

  • Phillybruh

    It is the District Attorneys job its what he was elected to do.

  • Being bad is way more fun

    Thats a different story but that has nothing to do with this post

  • Phillybruh

    who...lol surely you kid

  • Trey

    Yeah...out YO fridge!

  • C Mack

    Most Cell phones are more than $750. They’d be prosecuted. Plus those aren’t necessities.

  • Phillybruh

    That's not even the same....lol

  • Kayke

    Absolutely right! However, there will be trickle down effect that will benefit black folks.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    You are confused. Free sh*t is free sh*t.

  • Li-Wright

    This is what Kim Foxx is doing too; no prosecutions for less than $1000. The retailers are hopping mad. Because the young folk go into the stores, shoplift clothes knowing nothings going to happen; get released. Go back and shoplift again.
    there needs to be a penalty against their parents when that happens.
    If you have a $200 cell phone snatched, no need in calling the police and reporting it; prosecutors won't prosecute. I can understand that these are small amounts, but the person should face some kind of penalty (fines, community service).

  • Li-Wright

    Same in Illinois. This type of prosecution ruling is spreading.

  • Phillybruh

    No I'm not confused but go get your gum and justify it by using this an excuse.

  • tintin

    They should at least have to pay a fine...if not received by the due date they get locked up

  • IAmLegend

    LMAOOOO

  • http://www.NeCola.Mayvenn.com Chile_Pleeze

    no one is breaking into your home to steal food.. they stealing your drugs,tv, money and quite possibly your soul .. if they want food...they dont have to break into a grocery store.. they can just walk in.. and walk out..

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Trust me, plenty of children will be getting free gum when they get wind of this ridiculous policy.

  • Kayke

    If you’re not a thief, you’re not a thief .... if these changes make you steal, you were always a thief..... and the laws for bussing a cap in your thieving ass didn’t change.... so have at it.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    In some jurisdictions,like California, misdemeanors can count toward the 3 strikes.

  • Rere

    On my way to Dallas & I don't even steal.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    At ALL! He must have a case of the Mondays ?

  • hottlanta

    Retail theft in low income neighborhoods is high when we all saw wynonna ryder steal 5000.00 worth of stuff from saks on camera. Of course she got the wealthy white priviledged prison plan which meant no jail time. They also got a wealthy white guy last week who had bought a whole dayum island n stealing in walmart. He also got the wealthy white priviledged prison plan. No jail time.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    ???

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    I agree with you!

    LMAO at “and laws for bussing a cap in your theiving ass didnt change... so have at it” ??

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Unfortunately, I think you're going to see a lot more vigilante justice, with shopkeepers pulling out their pistols and taking the law into their own hands. This could get real ugly.

  • Phillybruh

    lol

  • Kree

    They'll be fined....given community service...or some other alternative. Given a prison sentence for stealing some food or low item, is NOT the answer as long as it is a non violent offense. Get off his a$$ people. If it was your child...would you really want them to go to juvenile or prison where they could be harmed and or raped?! Would you rather find another alternative where they could learn from there mistake and given another chance. Once you're in the system...you might as well consider yourself DONE!

  • Isaiah R

    Many people are scared that black and brown people are going to start getting the same treatment that white folks get for murder, rape, and drug possession.

  • E Ethel Ballys

    Wow, this is gonna just lead to more vigilante justice. If the cops won’t protect my property, my Smith & Wesson will.

  • E Ethel Ballys

    Some pack of thugs can walk up to somebody and snatch their food, hat, umbrella, shoes, glasses, whatever.. and the cops won’t do a damn thing about it. America is turning into the 3rd World.

  • E Ethel Ballys

    All of these convenience and grocery stores are gonna go out of business.

  • chan chan

    Not my problem I don’t shop at Walmart.

  • wigmon68

    Need to read the DA's words. He is not going to prosecute said cases (no fine, no community service, no record). IF he had said what you suggest, he wouldn't be getting much criticism.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Is he Crazy?! Imma want the joker that would steal my $600 tv arrested and jailed if they find him. No matter how small to you, a purchase is a big investment for me.

  • Panther Charleston

    I understand the point of this, but I feel it's an extreme response to an extreme situation. We're going from mass incarceration to possibly max acceleration of what was once a punishable offense. If there is little to no penalty for stealing under a certain dollar mark, please believe mofos gone go righr up to the point 99 on it, tax included.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    I'm not waiting to see if they steal chicken or a fur coat...I'm sh00ting.

  • Ryan

    If Dallas is anything like Atlanta they don't investigate break ins anyway, unless MAYBE you know somebody in the police dept or live somewhere like John's Creek.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Sandy Springs residents are already fighting with the police for not investigating alarms that go off.

  • Phillybruh

    Getting robbed is accompanied with a weapon shoplifting is not.

  • MsVAllDay

    Wow didn't know this and I live in Sandy Springs.

  • Truth Or Die

    I'm usually on the side of self-accountability when it comes to black people getting caught up in the Prison Slave System but you've hit it right on the nail with the timing and they're actually being slick about it by using BLACK celebrities (ex - Meek Mill) as the face of reform when its really to stem the tide of Caucasian drug addicts that would of otherwise be filling up the prisons as we speak

  • Ryan

    Looked this up and it's posted from theblaze.com - any site that shows outright bias to liberals I give a side eye to because they make mountains out of molehills, running around like dang chickens with the heads cut off. Just put "blacks (or other non-whites), crime and/or drugs" in the headline and watch them rile themselves up lol!!

  • KLove

    the fight is actually between the city and the alarm companies, as they are the ones who get fined for false alarms...

  • HC54

    No hair care store selling wigs in Dallas will survive. ????

  • HC54

    You just want get some free wigs ???

  • chaisun

    How would it be beneficial in your opinion?

  • T865!

    Well Dollar General then ?

  • Kayke

    Individuals like Kalief Browder won’t sit in prison for years over an alleged stolen backpack, simply because he can’t afford $900 bail. People don’t realize the major role imprisonment plays in advancing petty/nonviolent criminals into major crime. Some folks need to be afforded that “gray area” we know exist.

  • TransMichelle

    Black folks think stealing is OK so this law makes perfect sense to many of them. Black folks should be allowed to do whatever they want you know due to the past and all. As you proved in many cases, the person had previous convictions.

  • TransMichelle

    Where are opioid users stealing and robbing? Majority of them get their drugs legally from doctors the real drug pushers.

  • TransMichelle

    White drug addicts of the opioid craze are mostly getting these drugs legally from doctors. They're not out robbing, killing, and stealing.

  • TransMichelle

    Probably cheaper than giving EBT cards i.e. FoodStamps. LOL This will be a total disaster. They've given up on the "rule-of-law." Just take what you want and let others pay for it. The cost of what these people steal will have to come from somewhere and it will be the taxpayer footing the bill.

  • TransMichelle

    https://media1.giphy.com/media/3o7aTvtnq9ImkkafV6/giphy.gif

    The stupidity of Demoncrats never ceases to amaze me. They will make sure they destroy this country one way or another. Third world..here we come!

  • wigmon68

    I saw the citations and commented accordingly. I am not sure what universe armed robbery (even if only for sneakers) is in the same planet as taking a loaf of bread.

  • wigmon68

    Your statement was that people get 5 years for stealing a loaf of bread. There is no evidence to back up that statement and much evidence to the contrary. ITs a false statement.

  • E Ethel Ballys

    Most cell phones are NOT worth more than $750. Cut it with the BS.

  • wigmon68

    Pretty funny stuff coming from the guy saying people get 5 years for stealing a loaf of bread.

  • wigmon68

    Incarcerate for first offense? Of course not and no one is arguing for it. Kid (or parents) should pay a fine and it should be on their juvie record. If they keep stealing, then some sort of stricter punishment is in order.

  • YellowSauce

    So my $700 tv can just be taken in Dallas and its legal basically .... Because stealing someone's property is just like smoking a joint ... I tell you ... We live in an era that humans should be at their smartest but Its just the opposite .... and furthermore this brings me back to each state is its own country ...we are not UNITED states .. We are separate entities .... The government needs to be dismantled and restructured

  • BlockingTrollsAllYearLong

    I probably wouldn't have put this out publically, but...

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    If I was a student that would mean my frontal cortex is not fully developed. I'm taking that gum. ?

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    If I was a student that would mean my frontal cortex is not fully developed. I'm taking that gum. ?

  • C Mack

    Uhhhhh. Cool it, Ethel. I’m definitely right. Not arguing with you. Look up iphones, galaxy, etc. Most smartphones are pricey. YOURS may not be, but the only thing that needs to be cut is your attitude. Watch that to tone, now!

  • Lisa Left Eye

    He has the right idea and seems like his mind is in the right place concerning not criminalizing poverty. I'll see where this goes over time

  • Libby

    I agree with you.. Cincy/Newport: Covington has the opioid user comfortable with nice facilities and they stand at bridge asking for money and if you don’t help they flip ya middle finger. I change my bike riding route cause they be posse up under overpass bridge..

  • Renee26

    Watch the number of shootings go up... This is good ol boy TX... They'll be shooting theives in the back

  • Mrs Mary

    Theft happens in wealthy neighborhoods just as much as poor its just not reported; they love hiding their mess and sweeping it under the rug it's called: "white privilege"? That's why he's doing this because whites give slaps on the wrist to their own kind all the time.

  • WinterIsComing

    It is insane the lengths the government is going for these folks.

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  • Jussjess25

    Exactly Ms mary!!

  • Jussjess25

    I am extremely proud of that man! Now thats how you do something internally to effect change. It may keep only a hand full of black people out of jail but at least its a small start. Now imagine if other persons of color in positions of power did what they could to dismantle mass incarceration. ??

  • Jussjess25

    Panther thats not the point. The point is people of color who may or may not commit “low level crimes” are being put in jail for extreme lengths of time. Yet other people who commit the same crimes are not getting prosecuted as harshly or at all. Its a way sorta kinda leveling the playing field. Yes you should not commit crime but it happens and people do it for all sorts if reasons. Yet the penalty remains unjust and uneven. I hope that makes any kind of sense to you. Its just my analogy on it.

  • Jussjess25

    Exactly Claire! But I find people don't care when it doesn't effect them or someone they love.

  • Panther Charleston

    Thanks, jj25. I understand that. I'm just worried about opportunist. Most good people don't do things because of the consequences. Many people who will do things regardless of consequence still need consequences, if for no other reason than for hoping that they'll get their hand smacked enough until they stop doing bad things.

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  • Jussjess25

    I agree completely there should be consequences but like the article said for the most part people steal out of hardship and desperation. It may hard to believe when your blessed and you don't have to do things like that to survive.

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