Kept Non-Violent Criminals in Jail to Put Out Forest Fires
When federal judges in California wanted to expand its prisoner release program for non-violent criminals, Kamala Harris’ lawyers argued against it. Her lawyers claimed that releasing them would cause prisons to lose an important pool of forced labor for putting out California’s wild fires (for which the prisoners only get paid about $2 a day). Kamala later claimed that she first learned about her lawyer’s argument in the newspaper.
Opposed DNA Testing That Might Get A Black Man Off Death Row
During her time as California’s Attorney General, Kamala Harris refused advanced DNA testing that would likely have cleared Kevin Cooper – a black man accused of murder whose trial was tinged with racism and corruption. After the New York Times wrote an exposé of the case, Kamala Harris suddenly changed her position and came out in favor of the testing.
Defended the Death Penalty
In 2014, a federal judge in California ruled the death penalty unconstitutional. Despite having the ability as Attorney General to defend the ruling or to stay out of the matter entirely, Kamala Harris appealed it. She claimed that the decision by the federal judge to outlaw the death penalty “undermines important protections that our courts provide to defendants.”
Supported Civil Asset Forfeiture To Seize Property Without Any Charges
Civil asset forfeiture allows police to seize money, property, and cars under a simple SUSPICION of being used for criminal activity – despite no criminal charges. Countless innocent people have been robbed under this racket and police budgets have been funded with the seized property. Even though it is widely disliked and arguably unconstitutional, Kamala Harris has publicly supported it on multiple occasions. She sponsored a bill to allow seizure of profits without charges, and in 2011 she opposed a bill that would have reformed the procedure.
Kamala Harris Believed Accusers of Joe Biden
When asked by a reporter about Joe Biden accusers who say he touched them inappropriately, Kamala Harris replied:
“I believe them, and I respect them being able to tell their story and having the courage to do it.”
(April 3, 2019)
Failed to Aid Children Abused by Catholic Priests
Upon becoming San Francisco district attorney in 2004, Kamala Harris was handed a large collection of files her predecessor had collected on child abuse cases within the Catholic Church. Despite repeated attempts by those victims to use the files to prosecute their abusers, Kamala refused to cooperate. When the child abuse survivors would call her office, her staff told them: “office policy was we can’t provide you with anything.”