California has done it again- this time with the city of Sacramento paying criminal thugs not to shoot people.
In a unanimous vote by city council members, the city has approved a plan to initiate a cease fire, by paying gang members $1.5 million.
Known as Advance Peace, the plan is an effort to address a recent spike in violence, offering gang members cash stipends for graduating from school and generally staying out of trouble.
Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg requested that the vote be moved up two weeks in response to a recent park shooting, which left one person dead and four injured.
“Let’s get going on doing everything we can to save innocent lives,” Steinberg told Fox News affiliate stations in the region.
The $1.5 million in cash comes from the general funds that belong to the city, paid for by local taxes.
Several cities in California have implemented or are considering similar actions, though not everyone is convinced it will help.
“How’s the vote going to change anything?” resident Allen Brown said, still grieving the loss of one of his friends in the recent park shooting. “It’s up to the community to change. You know what I mean? It’s just senseless,”