Looters Target Cargo Trains, Steal Packages And Leave Garbage Strewn All Over The Tracks in Los Angeles

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by Chris Menahan, Information Liberation:

Viral video out of Los Angeles shows the aftermath of seemingly endless lootings of Union Pacific trains carrying packages for Amazon, UPS, FedEx and more.

From CNN:

Photos and videos showing piles of empty boxes littered alongside rail tracks in Los Angeles County, California have gone viral as shipping companies say they’ve seen a dramatic spike in railroad theft. Some of the boxes are packages from companies like UPS, Amazon and FedEx.

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Union Pacific, one of the country’s largest railroad companies, says it may avoid operating in Los Angeles County following the spike in thefts, which it blames on lax prosecution of crimes. […]

The company claims that a December 2020 special directive issued by District Attorney George Gascón that changed how low-level offenses are prosecuted has contributed to the uptick.

Union Pacific said in its letter that in the last three months of the year it made over 100 arrests of “active criminals vandalizing our trains” in partnership with the LA police department and Los Angeles Sherriff department. But Union Pacific, which has its own police department with jurisdiction over the 32,000 miles of tracks it owns, said that even as it has expanded its security resources and partnered more closely with local law enforcement, the problem isn’t going away. After being arrested individuals are released from custody within 24 hours, it said.

Here’s an example out of Chicago from around a year and a half ago showing what these train lootings look like:

CNN unironically blamed the looting on socioeconomic factors:

Crime is associated with increases in poverty, which has increased during the pandemic.

If that’s true then why aren’t we seeing scenes like this in Appalachia?

We all saw the fellas jamming loot into their Bentleys and Mercedes during the Summer of Floyd.

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