You can easily imagine this. You come out of a fast-food place to find an idling car behind your car, blocking you from backing out of your parking space.
What do you do? You can get in your car and wait, who knows how long, for the person to have the decency to move the car. Or you can ask them to move it; a perfectly reasonable course to take.
Except this is 2019 and asking someone to move their car can get you killed.
If my viewing of the surveillance tape is correct, that is what happened to a Lancaster man Thursday. Cops aren’t saying yet, but it appears that Frank Borsotti is dead because he asked somebody to move their car in the parking lot of Jack-in-the-Box on 10th Street West at lunchtime.
As shown on the surveillance tape, the passenger emerges from the car and sucker punches the 60-year-old grandfather, who falls to the pavement, never to get up.
Borsotti was pronounced dead at Antelope Valley Hospital.
As I write, on Saturday morning, deputies have not yet captured the suspect. I will go out on a limb here — an exceedingly short limb — and predict that when they do capture him, we will learn that he has a criminal record.
Often in these cases, we find that suspects are on parole, and if they served even only 60% of their sentence, the victim would still be alive.
I could be wrong. But we’ve seen this so many times over the years. In the 1990s, so many innocent people were murdered by criminals with lengthy felony records — criminals who served only a meager fraction of their sentences and went back to commit the same crimes.
The people of California finally revolted and passed the Three Strikes law. Three felonies and you went away for 25 years to life.
Crime rates — true crime rates — plummeted, and California became markedly safer.
Unable to stand the prosperity, California liberals dismantled the tough crime laws. The liberal illogic? Crime is down, we don’t need tough measures.
No, crime was down because of the tough measures.
To be fair, federal judges forced California to reduce prison crowding, so it was either build more prisons or let prisoners out.
They let prisoners out and decriminalized “non-violent” crimes. If you steal anything worth less than $950 now, it is a misdemeanor, and you do virtually no jail time.
There goes a big-screen TV right out the door of Wal-Mart.
And stores do little to stop the thieves for fear of lawsuits. The criminals, well-versed in laws and store procedures, take full advantage.
Consequently, many “minor” crimes don’t get reported, and politicians can talk about crime being down.
And we have predators walking around in society, leaving innocent people unprotected.
Crimes like desert dumping have become more common than ever because dumpers know little, if anything, will happen to them.
William P. Warford’s column appears every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.
Lancaster man was killed in the middle of the day in a parking lot.