A day after a professional criminal was arrested in the fatal shooting of philanthropist Jacqueline Avant at the luxury Beverly Hills home she shares with husband Clarence, a 90-year-old music producer inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, the family released A statement that said in part, “Now, justice shall be served.”
But in Los Angeles, where lawmakers and left-wing activists have pushed through a series of progressive reforms that help violent criminals spend less time behind bars, justice is not just fleeting, it’s twisted, critics say.
“It’s as it appears here,” LAPD Det said. Jimmy McBride, director of the Los Angeles Preventive Police Federation. “Bad guys are released faster than we can finish paperwork, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.”
Avantis — whose daughter Nicole was a former ambassador in the Bahamas and married Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos — has been living a comfortable life in her sprawling 4,000-square-foot, $7 million home in the upscale Trousdale Estates neighborhood for decades, he said. friends.
But the elderly couple’s quiet life was turned upside down around 2:23 a.m. Wednesday when police said career criminal Ariel Mayor broke into their home and shot Jacqueline Avant, 81. Clarence Avant was at home but was unharmed.
The couple also used a security guard, whom the suspect shot but was not injured or injured in any way, according to Beverly Hills Police Chief Mark Stenbrook.
The Avants hired the ranger to protect them from a different kind of Los Angeles intruder – fans of the recent Netflix documentary about Avant dubbed “The Black Godfather” who were dropping into the house uninvited.
The alleged Avant killer was arrested Thursday in the murder of Jacqueline Avant after he was caught in another botched robbery in nearby Hollywood where he shot himself in the foot.
Stenbrook said Minor, who is currently in the hospital under armed guard, had violated his parole at the time of his arrest and “it didn’t look like he was telling the parole agent at all.” Police say he will be charged on Monday.
Records show the 29-year-old was no stranger to the criminal justice system. He was sentenced to five years in prison in 2013 for second-degree burglary and bodily harm, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
He recently served a four-year prison sentence for second-degree burglary with improvements to a previous felony and was released on parole on September 1.
“With this guy’s history, with prison chiefs, he’s definitely still in prison,” said McBride, “he should have been given a longer sentence. For his rap sheet and the violent crimes he was involved in, he shouldn’t have been offered any judicial deal.
Authorities said the police still don’t know if anything was taken from Avant’s home. Stenbrook said the suspect then drove to a house in Hollywood where a father and 17-year-old daughter were staying.
Stenbrook added that the suspect allegedly took items from the house before shooting himself in the foot in the backyard, which alerted someone to call the cops.
Stainbrook, McBride and others say liberal justice reform policies, spurred by groups like Black Lives Matter and California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, have made it increasingly difficult for police to do their jobs.
“Criminals know they can do whatever they want,” Stenbrook told The Post. Then multiply that with all the prisoners released from prison due to corona virus and no bail which is a nightmare and very frustrating on our end.
Many blame the recent rise in statewide crime, including a wave of looting, on criminal justice reforms, including Proposition 47, the 2014 law that aims to remove nonviolent criminals from crowded prisons and treat low-level criminals with more compassion. The law doubled the amount a suspect could steal to be considered a felony from $450 to $950.
Activist groups, along with celebrities like Brad Pitt, John Legend and Jay Z famously supported the reform, arguing that African Americans had been unjustly targeted for years and that the measure would help save the state tens of millions in prison fees for petty criminals.
The reform was supported by Newsom, then the governor of California, along with Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon, among other Democrats.
“Proposition 47 has strengthened criminals because they know that if they are caught stealing the consequences will be minimal,” Mark Powell, a former San Diego police reserve officer, said in a recent op-ed in The Times of San Diego.
In recent weeks, McBride said, he’s caught several suspects entering the prices of stolen items into their cellphones so that they don’t exceed $950 for a one-time burglary.
“You can enter a store here, get up to $1,000 in items, checkout, get a ticket and be released,” Stainbrook said. “We arrest the same people over and over again.”
Some say the election of Gascon, 67, the top cop of 40 years, to the position of attorney general in Los Angeles, was icing on the cake. Gascon, like attorney generals elected in recent years in Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago and Fairfax County, Virginia, has been backed in part by left-wing billionaire George Soros.
Cuban-born Gascon, who moved with his family to the United States in 1967, gave an inaugural address in December 2020 in which he sounded more like a social justice activist than a law enforcement officer.
In his speech, he said, “our rush to imprison generations of children of color has shredded” the social fabric of our societies. The status quo has not made us safe.”
The Avant home invasion is far from an isolated incident in affluent Los Angeles’ showrooms.
Last month, BET host Terrence Jenkins was shot near his Sherman Oaks home. In October, thieves stole nearly $1 million in jewelry from Dorit Kemsley’s home, the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” home.
On Friday, Avant’s neighbor in Trousdale Estates, located in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, listed other incidents of violence in the area.
“Today there was another accident on Bedford Drive,” Vida Ardabilci said in an interview. “Someone came into the house at seven in the morning and got stuck in a room. The SWAT team was called and then they were called out. [the intruder] He snapped his wrists when he realized he couldn’t get out. He cut his wrists and died at home. There was another incident where a man was attacked on the Sunset Strip and shot in the head due to his Rolex watch.”
Ardebilci said that community members now want to build gates for their streets and employ more private security.
Trousdale Estates does not have a guard gate like some of the more affluent modern gated communities in the area. Police sources told the newspaper that Minor would have been able to enter the neighborhood without being stopped by guards.
“It’s disappointing and the government’s fault.” Follow Ardebilchi. “We all say it is horrible and no one does anything about it. I no longer feel safe in our neighborhood.”
Friends of Avant, a former model from Queens, was shocked by her death in what is considered one of the safest and most affluent areas of Los Angeles.
Andrew Young, a former UN ambassador, an old friend of the couple, said in an interview.
“I was agonizing about what happened, how it happened, and what all this meant. Jackie and Clarence had a guard at the gate. I wonder how it could have happened. That’s a big mystery. They had no enemies in town. Everyone loved Clarence and Jackie.”
And criminals love Beverly Hills.
“It’s a bigger goal,” McBride said. “We arrest these scammers but they don’t stay in jail. If they know it’s a royal crime, they think nothing will happen to them. So why not go get the big bucks in Beverly Hills?” He said that in the past few years, the LAPD had to set up a unit, he said. Especially for pocket home invasion only.
“People are tracked home and then robbed,” McBride told The Post. “The only thing missing from Los Angeles is that Kurt Russell is driving in an eye patch, as in ‘Escape From New York’. It all goes back to our liberal politics.”