After returning to Los Angeles from prison last April, Michael Christopher Mejia was in trouble again. Mejia was jailed and released repeatedly for violating his probation. State corrections officials say that the time Mejia served — nearly two years for grand theft auto and attempting to steal a vehicle — was not shortened by laws designed to reduce the prison population. Mejia, 26, who was accused of killing Whittier police officer Keith Boyer, had earlier spent over three years in state prison for a robbery. The reaction to Boyer’s death highlights a continuing controversy over two recent criminal reform measures that some local law enforcement officials have blamed for recent increases in crime, reports the Los Angeles Times. Mejia “was not released from state prison early” and “served his full state prison terms as defined by law,” said Jeffrey Callison of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Yesterday, the union that represents Los Angeles Police Department officers asked U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to review the effect the two measures have had on public safety. “The senseless murder of Whittier Police Officer Keith Boyer is the latest tragic example of a convicted felon who recycled multiple times through our criminal justice system and, when not incarcerated, wreaks havoc on society,” said Craig Lally, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League.