The ACLU has furnished a reminder of why its critics refer to it derisively as the American Criminal Liberties Union.
Yesterday, the Anaheim Police Department tweeted a request for public assistance regarding a supermarket theft:
PUBLIC ASSISTANCE REQUESTED identifying 2 male Hispanics who took several cans of baby formula from Stater Bros Markets at 1131 N State College Bl & left the store without paying. Anyone with info contact OC Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS https://t.co/wi5epvYAnZ
— Anaheim PD (@AnaheimPD) December 19, 2017
Jennifer Rojas with the ACLU’s Orange County office responded by accusing the APD of “spending [money] to criminalize Latino men”:
Ms. Rojas’ online outburst illustrates a sense of moral balance that is seriously off-kilter. She justifies theft. She castigates the Anaheim police for trying to do their job: protecting the innocent from criminals. She thoughtlessly, recklessly tries to turn it into a racial incident. She assumes the worst of the police while assigning high moral motives to the thieves – on with no information apart from the tweet. Is Rojas trying to incite unrest? Does she stop to consider how the supermarket owner feels about being robbed? Her tweet illustrates how far removed her radical ideology is from the views of most Anaheim residents.
A more likely scenario than Rojas’ Dickensian assumption is these men a ring that systematically steals goods from supermarkets and other retailers for re-sale on the street. Even if Rojas is correct that these guys were only trying to “feed babies,” that doesn’t justify theft – especially when there’s WIC, Healthy Families, food stamps and a whole array of social services available to poor people with children.
This is the same Jennifer Rojas behind the error-filled ACLU report wrongly accusing the Anaheim Police Department of being one of the deadliest in the nation. Her rush to judgment, identity politics sensibility and obvious hostility toward should remove any doubts that her report camouflages an anti-police agenda.
Rojas has since deleted the tweet, betraying realization that it undermine her credibility, that of the ACLU and the political agenda they are pursuing in Anaheim.
Who Is Jennifer Rojas?
Rojas has worked for the ACLU since September 2015 and her title is “Community Engagement and Policy Advocate.” In other words, she a paid progressive political activist. Rojas’ professional background also includes a stint with Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ) – the same group recently hired by the Anaheim Elementary School District to train district leadership in “cultural sensitivity.” AAAJ practices left-wing identity politics, and uses social media to promote ideas such as Thanksgiving being a sinister celebration of Native American genocide.
In addition to working as a government union organizer, Rojas majored in Ethnic Studies and was active in the radical student group MEChA. In short, she’s a left-wing social justice warrior, through and through:
On the upside, her intemperate tweet shows she cannot be expected to advocate on Anaheim police issues with fairness and objectivity. The sloppiness of her report on the APD already impeached Rojas’ credibility. This Twitter outburst has fatally compromised it.
A request for comment has been sent to Ms. Rojas, as well as to the Anaheim Police Department and the Anaheim Police Association.