Sen. Kamala Harris recently announced that, that if elected president, within 100 days she would issue an executive order against “assault weapons,” because “1 in 4 police officers killed in the line of duty by gunfire is killed by an assault weapon.” The establishment media ignored the Democrat’s most notable encounter with a police officer killed by a criminal deploying an assault rifle. That came when Harris was district attorney of San Francisco, a post for which she had been carefully prepped by California’s most famous Democrat shot-caller.
In 1994, UC Berkeley law grad Kamala Harris, 30, met powerful Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, a full 30 years her senior. Harris became “the Speaker’s new steady” and Brown appointed Harris to the state Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board and the California Medical Assistance Commission, lucrative sinecures that helped Harris run for office. Willie Brown also raised money for his steady gal when she ran for San Francisco district attorney in 2003.
Harris defeated her former boss Terence Hallinan, son of Vincent Hallinan, the 1952 presidential candidate of the Progressive Party, which the Communist Party supported instead of running their own Party candidate. The victorious Harris promised never to seek the death penalty, but a murder of a police officer was one of the special circumstances for which voters approved the death penalty in 1977. The San Francisco Chronicle examined 90 cases of cop killings since 1987, and found that prosecutors sought the death penalty in nearly every case.
In 2004, David Hill, 21, a member of the Mob Hill gang, used an AK-47 to gun down San Francisco police officer Isaac Espinosa, 29. Harris announced “today I want to be very clear: in the city and county of San Francisco, anyone who murders a police officer engaged in his or her duties will be met with the most severe consequences.” Despite the tough rhetoric, Harris would not seek the death penalty for Hill, who also attempted to murder Espinosa’s partner Barry Parker.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a former mayor of San Francisco, showed up at Espinosa’s funeral and proclaimed: “This is not only the definition of tragedy, it’s the special circumstance called for by the death penalty law.” Police Officers Association president Gary Delagnes immediately reversed his previous backing of Harris’ decision not to seek the death penalty. Delagnes demanded that the killer of officer Espinosa, “pay the ultimate price.” Delagnes also drew an ovation but according to the San Francisco Chronicle report, the officer earned “a dirty look from Harris, who was sitting in the front row.”
San Francisco police officer Mike Nevin argued that the death penalty is already reserved for a small percentage of the most heinous crimes. Killing a police officer should qualify, the officer contended, “because if you’re willing to kill a cop, you’re willing to kill anybody.” Likewise, California Highway Patrol Commissioner Dwight Helmick went on record that killing a cop is “as bad as it gets and deserves the punishment as bad as it gets, and that’s the death penalty.”
None of that changed the thinking of Harris, and in her 2009 Smart on Crime: A Career Prosecutor’s Plan to Make us Safer, Harris found the number of nonviolent offenders “truly staggering” and put them at the top of her “crime pyramid.” The next year, Harris ran for state attorney general and the Sacramento Bee endorsed her Republican rival Steve Cooley.
Harris won a narrow victory but stayed quiet in 2014 when racist Mexican national Luis Bracamontes gunned down police officers Danny Oliver and Michael Davis. The Mexican’s weapon of choice was an assault rifle and during his trial he said he wished he killed more cops and shouted “black lives don’t matter” at family members of the victims.
In 2015 Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik used assault rifles to kill 14 unarmed innocents and wounded 22 at an office party in San Bernardino. A year later, Attorney General Harris issued a statement on the “devastating and tragic terrorist attack,” but failed to name the Islamic terrorists and their motive for the mass murder.
For murdering Isaac Espinosa with an AK-47 and attempting to murder his police partner, David Hill drew a life sentence, without possibility of parole. Had Hill been sentenced to death, he would have been saved by Gov. Gavin Newsom, who in March reprieved all 737 murderers on California’s death row, including cop-killer Luis Bracamontes.
Meanwhile, Kamala Harris is not the only Willie Brown understudy on the current scene. Over a five-year period, groups controlled by Brown paid $2.3 million to former Brown fundraiser Carolyn Carpeneti, recently granted a sweetheart no-bid deal to recruit for California’s online college project.
Brown met Carpeneti in 1995 and the two had a daughter in 2001, when Carpeneti was 38 and Brown 67. As the San Francisco Chronicle noted in 2003, “people familiar with her career – political professionals, city officials, her ex-husband – say Carpeneti’s success is rooted in her relationship with Brown.”
The same could be said for Kamala Harris, who met Willie Brown in 1994. Kamala Harris now wants to be president of the United States and within 100 days of election plans to issue executive orders against assault rifles, not the violent criminals and gang members who deploy them to kill police officers.