Former Democrat Senator Barbara Boxer Assaulted, Robbed in Liberal California
The assailant pushed her in the back, stole her cell phone, and jumped in a waiting car
Former Sen. Barbara Boxer, who is 80 years old, was assaulted and had her cellular phone stolen in the Jack London Square neighborhood of Oakland, California, according to reports.
Her office wrote on Twitter:
“The assailant pushed her in the back, stole her cell phone, and jumped in a waiting car. She is thankful that she was not seriously injured."
Oakland Police Department confirmed a robbery took place in the 300 block of 3rd Street at 1:15 p.m. PDT.
The California Democrat’s condition is not yet known.
Police said they were able to track the phone to San Francisco.
Police, the city’s Crime Stoppers group, is offering a $2000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
Boxer represented California in the U.S. Senate from 1993 to 2017.
She was succeeded by Kamala Harris.
Boxer served five terms in the House of Representatives from California’s 6th Congressional District before joining the upper chamber.
Boxer joined District-based Mercury Public Affairs as co-chairwoman in Janaury.
Boxer wrote an editorial in the San Francisco Chronicle opposing California’s A B5 measure which required ride-hailing companies to classify gig workers as employees.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York Democrat, slammed Mrs. Boxer at the time:
“[Former] officials should not become corporate lobbyists, in letter or spirit. It’s an abuse of power [and] a stain on public service,” she wrote.
“I don’t care if it’s a Democrat doing it (both parties do). In fact, that makes it worse - we’re supposed to fight FOR working people, not against them.”
The news of Boxer's assault comes just months after California announced it would increase early release credits for around 76,000 inmates, many of whom were convicted of violent crimes, in a new push to reduce its prison population.
Out of 76,000 who will be eligible for early release, 63,000 were convicted of violent crimes, The Associated Press reported.
Inmates can now obtain good behavior credits that will “shorten their sentences by one-third instead of the one-fifth that had been in place since 2017."
That number also includes 20,000 inmates sentenced to life sentences with the possibility of parole.