Even though the city and county officials in San Francisco subscribe to the Soros view of criminal justice that has driven the crime wave, drugs, and homelessness in the bay city, it had so far been skipped by the wave of Soros-supported prosecutors being elected in some major cities. That looks like it’s about to change, as career public defender and son of terrorists Chesa Boudin has narrowly won the race for district attorney.
Electing Boudin in San Francisco at a time when it is leading the nation in burglary, larceny, shoplifting, vandalism, other property crimes, and street encampment is akin to dousing a burning inferno with lighter fluid. Who is Chesa Boudin? Here is a profile from KGO, a local ABC affiliate:
A career defense attorney, Deputy Public Defender Chesa Boudin is running on a restorative justice platform to become San Francisco's next district attorney. He has defended indigent clients in more than 300 cases, including felonies like attempted murder, shootings, stabbings, kidnappings and auto theft.
Boudin touts his experience having two incarcerated parents for stoking his desire to change the course of crime and punishment. His mother Kathy Boudin and father David Gilbert became involved with the Weather Underground in the 1970s. In 1981, the pair played a key role in the murder of Brinks armed car guard during an armed robbery in a New York City suburb. Two other Weather Underground members, Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, then adopted Boudin and raised him as their son.
The robbery resulted in the murder of two NYPD cops.
Boudin is the latest in a series of pro-criminal foxes being elected to DA henhouses who are fueling the movement to stop prosecuting crimes that have led to the deterioration of cities like San Francisco – the exact opposite of the “broken windows policing” that worked so well in reversing the crime wave in the 1990s. In fact, he is promising to prosecute ICE and police officers for doing their jobs.
Last month, Manhattan Institute fellow Heather Mac Donald wrote a riveting expose on San Francisco’s culture of homelessness and petty theft in the autumn edition of City Journal magazine. Her firsthand reporting, where she actually tried to purchase fentanyl on the street, found that San Francisco’s refusal to enforce drug laws, property crime laws, social norms, and public order has led to a surge in drugs, petty crimes, theft, and a breakdown of public order, which are all collectively fueling the encampment culture on the streets, vagrant behavior, and incentivizing even other cities’ homeless people to camp out there.
“The police have no incentive to enforce norms around public behavior,” said the veteran crime reporter and analyst on my podcast last month. “People are now drawn from all over the country to come to West Coast cities and party with impunity.”
Mac Donald also noted that the refusal of the city to enforce immigration laws has allowed Honduran drug dealers to act with freedom and further spread their cheap poison on the city’s streets, ensnaring even more people into the street encampment culture. “I bought drugs completely as myself,” said Mac Donald. “The drug dealing on the part of the illegal Honduran drug dealers is so flagrant there, I wanted to test what is their threshold of suspicion since I don’t look like your average junkie, but I scored a very good deal, all cash transaction, and there was not a chance of enforcement.”
The new prosecutor-elect is promising to create an "immigrant defense unit" within the DA's office to "stand up to Trump on immigration” and to subsidize "universal legal representation” for criminal aliens spreading drugs around the city.