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"This person should have been in prison and not allowed in our community..."
Law enforcement and local government officials made it clear that they believed the murderous rampage by a vicious gang member in California could have been prevented had it not been for liberal incarceration policies.
"He is a violent criminal who should have never been considered for release," Garden Grove Mayor Steven Jones said.
The bloody stabbing attacks spanned several different locations and took the lives of four innocent victims.
Law enforcement officials explained that the attacker's prison term was shortened because of California's Assembly Bill 109, which was passed several years ago.
The 33-year-old attacker had been sentenced to four years over fourteen different charges of which he was found guilty, but only served less than 16 months of that term.
"This person should have been in prison and not allowed in our community committing these violent acts," said Chief Tom DaRe of the Garden Grove Police Department.
"Based upon his prior arrest record, he is a violent individual who should have never been considered for early release based upon Assembly Bill 109."
Police released a harrowing video showing the first knife attack by the suspect that injured a 54-year-old woman at an insurance company.
Here's the video released (caution, graphic violence):
Employee tries to protect herself in Orange County stabbing rampagewww.youtube.com
Chief DaRe made a direct appeal to Californian lawmakers to change the laws and avoid more horrific violence.
"As a police chief, I implore our policy makers to reevaluate their policies on criminal justice," he continued.
"The pendulum has swung so far that it has become incredibly difficult to keep our communities safe from the rise in violent crime," DaRe added.
Here's the video of the comments by local officials:
Authorities Provide Update On Stabbing Rampage in Orange County, Californiawww.youtube.com
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Carlos Garcia is a staff writer for Blaze News.