Law enforcement group in California blames deputy’s killing on 2011 prison reform law
By Brian Seay
Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert “Bob” French (Photo: Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department)
A law enforcement group in California is blaming a prison reform measure backed by Gov. Jerry Brown for the recent death of a sheriff’s deputy in Sacramento.
Thomas Littlecloud, 32, fired more than 30 rounds from a rifle and more than a dozen rounds from a handgun on Aug. 30 during a gun battle with police, according to KCRA. Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert French was killed during the shoot out. Now, the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs says French’s death was a direct result of Assembly Bill 109.
“AB 109 Leads to Death of Sacramento County Deputy Robert French,” reads the headline of a recent newsletter from the group. The measure was signed by Gov. Brown in 2011, when the state was under court orders to fix its prison overcrowding problem. On the state’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation website, the law is described as “historic legislation that has helped California to close the revolving door of low-level inmates cycling in and out of state prisons.”
“It is the cornerstone of California’s solution for reducing the number of inmates in the state’s 33 prisons to 137.5 percent of design capacity