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Different kind of crime-victim group lobbies against rolling back Prop. 47
Different kind of crime-victim group lobbies against rolling back Prop. 47

Albania Morales stood behind the coffin-shaped placard that bore her dead husband's face, practically eclipsed by her political prop. Ricardo Avelar-Lara died last November in Los Angeles, shot by sheriff's deputies. I am a crime victim, Morales said: I saw the officers kill him. Morales was taking part this week in a rally with a twist: She and other self-described crime victims were not backed by the usual law enforcement groups. And the last thing they wanted was for California to get tougher on crime. Morales was joined by former inmates, families of people in prison, those who had lost loved ones to murder. The participation of traditional crime-victim groups that for 26...

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