Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks during the Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Thursday, June 27, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
As America has erupted over the three mass shootings that happened over the course of the weekend — yeah, there was a third in Chicago, but the media doesn’t want to talk about that one for some reason — the California Department of Corrections has been busy making Sen. Kamala Harris’s arrest reports during her time as California’s Attorney General hard to find.
According to Charles Lehman at the Washington Free Beacon, the California DOC made arrests in California a matter of public record that is easy to access via the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation site. Now, a lot of it is suddenly gone:
The department removed public access to a number of reports on incarceration in the state, including when presidential candidate Kamala Harris (D.) was California’s attorney general. Twice a year, the CDCR releases information about the number of new individuals incarcerated in the California prison system as part of its “Offender Data Points” series. These reports provide important information on demographics, sentence length, offense type, and other figures relevant to criminal justice and incarceration.
Until recently, these reports were publicly available at the CDCR’s website. A search using archive.org’s Wayback Machine reveals that as of April 25, 2019—the most recent indexed date—ODP reports were available dating back to the spring of 2009. As of August 2019, the same web page now serves only a single ODP report, the one for Spring 2019. The pre-2019 reports have been removed.
This is an interesting turn of events given the fact that, during last week’s 2020 Democrat debate, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard made Sen. Kamala Harris’s arrests a stain on Harris with unreasonable prison sentences for non-violent drug offenders, extending prison sentences to utilize prisoners for cheap labor, and withholding evidence that would have cleared a death row inmate.
Harris often uses her time as California’s AG as a point of pride but kept a lot of what she did under wraps. Gabbard drew back the curtain, but now California appears to be trying to put the curtain back and then put the whole thing behind a brick wall.
It may be too late, as Gabbard opened the flood gates. As the Free Beacon reported, it’s now known that Harris put over 120,000 minorities in prison during her stint as AG. She also put away 1,500 Californians away from marijuana use.
This entire thing raises some questions.
Is the state of California attempting to protect Harris by hiding the truth from the public? Is this being done at the behest of the DNC, or at least under the knowledge of the DNC? Is Harris’s campaign behind this at all?
While I’m not sure if there are any legal violations, it’s still a violation of the public’s trust. Hiding Harris’s mistakes is a shady move, especially at a time when investigations into her past as California’s “top cop” are ongoing thanks to Gabbard’s blistering move during the debates and Harris’s subsequent inability to defend herself.