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.

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?

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

From CBS LA, “Union Pacific: Train Robberies Up 356%”:

Medical equipment, designer handbags, luggage, throw pillows, airline parts, children’s artwork, even a new wine fridge – all those items and more have been found stolen off Union Pacific trains and discarded alongside the tracks in East LA.

Images of thousands of stolen and discarded packages alongside the Union Pacific train tracks near Union Station have people around the world asking – how does this happen? Apparently, it’s a near perfect storm of an ongoing train robbery problem, the pandemic, and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s policy of no-cash bail arrests.

“I have been with Union Pacific for 16 years, and I have never, ever seen this situation to this degree,” said Lupe Valdez, the company’s senior director of public affairs.

Valdez says, on average, 90 of their containers are compromised each day. But between October 2020 and October 2021, train robberies have picked up exponentially by a whopping 356%. Union Pacific has increased its enforcement and patrols, and has put drones to work, but now they are looking into diverting trains so they don’t pass through Los Angeles County at all.

“We are making arrests, but what our officers are seeing on the ground is that people are basically being arrested, there is no bail, they come out the next day and come back to rob our trains,” Valdez said.

How much more of this lunacy can our country handle?

The DOJ under Attorney General Merrick Garland by their own count has 94 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices chasing the non-existent threat of “white extremists” as their highest priority while crime is exploding, flash looting is going wild and homicides are at record levels in most major cities!

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