The media and Democratic politicians are using the COVID-19 panic to push their agenda. Churches are not allowed to hold service, but marijuana and liquor stores remain open and strip clubs keep on stripping.
It was Winston Churchill who said “Never let a good crisis go to waste” in World War II. President Barack Obama’s then Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel riffed on the idea after the financial crisis, saying “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. It provides the opportunity to do things that were not possible to do before.”
In Emanuel’s case that meant ramming through Obamacare, which has resulted in degraded and unaffordable healthcare and more and more expensive premiums ever since.
The latest “crisis” that the Democrats and radical left law enforcement officials are using to remake the justice system is the COVID-19 panic. Or as President Trump correctly calls it by its country of origin, the “China Virus.”
Ongoing right now is the mass release of criminals from jails across the country, many of the dangerous felons convicted of homicide and rape. One such case is that of Ibrahim E. Bouaichi, a resident of Virginia who was charged with six felonies – rape, sodomy, strangulation, abduction, burglary and malicious wounding – for his attack on a Ms. Karla Dominguez, a native of socialist Venezuela who likely thought she was escaping the horrors of socialism by leaving Venezuela and coming to the U.S.
Mr. Bouaichi, who was held without bond since October 21, 2019, got a lucky break from lefty law enforcement officials in March 2020 after the COVID-19 “crisis” hit and they started emptying out jails. Against objections of prosecutors, Mr. Bouaichi was released on a $25,000 bond and restricted to home confinement.
Would Mr. Bouaichi honor the privilege of release and maintain good behavior?
By May 2020, the classy Mr. Bouaichi was arrested again after ramming into a K-9 officer’s vehicle in a Wendy’s parking lot, in Prince George’s County, Maryland, with the officer and a police dog in the vehicle. He temporarily returned to jail and was served multiple charges; “two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, harming a law enforcement dog, resisting arrest, driving while intoxicated and multiple traffic charges.”
Mr. Bouaichi was released from Prince George County jail days later on July 11.
Unfortunately for the life of Ms. Karla Dominguez, Prince George’s County law enforcement did not communicate this infraction to Alexandria, Virginia, officials where Mr. Bouaichi’s initial crimes occurred, which inevitably would have resulted in the revocation of Mr. Bouaichi’s bond.
Now back on the streets, surely Mr. Bouaichi would obey the law and stay out of trouble, right?
Ms. Dominguez would be dead by the end of the month.
On the night of July 29, Mr. Bouaichi allegedly returned to Alexandria and shot and killed Ms. Dominguez. Mr. Bouaichi fled the scene and returned to Prince George’s County where law enforcement spotted him on August 5. Mr. Bouaichi attempted to evade capture and led the police on a car chase only to wreck his vehicle and allegedly shoot himself. Mr. Bouaichi was taken into custody alive but in critical condition.
Who is the blame for this travesty of justice? As a legal immigrant from Venezuela, Ms. Dominguez came to America to escape the chaos and crime to make herself a better life. Aside from Mr. Bouaichi, who should be fully held to account for his heinous crimes, what about the other parties along the way who, by their actions or inactions, allowed the murder of Ms. Dominguez to occur?
Prince George’s County law enforcement officials who failed to do due diligence on Mr. Bouaichi’s criminal background before releasing him?
The Alexandria justice official, Judge Nolan Dawkins, who released Mr. Bouaichi on bond, who has since retired from the bench?
Perhaps judges and parole boards wouldn’t be so lenient if they were held accountable for crimes committed by convicted felons who were released early from their sentence or provided lax treatment because of pretexts such as the COVID-19 “crisis.”
Because while the risk of contracting COVID-19 in a close-quarters jail is high, the risk to Ms. Dominguez was higher – and much more deadly.