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Interim San Francisco district attorney fires 15 staffers under ousted, far-left DA Chesa Boudin. One progressive calls firings 'terrifying.'

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Interim San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins fired 15 staffers who worked for Chesa Boudin, the city's controversial progressive DA who was ousted in an historic recall election last month.

"Today, I made difficult, but important changes to my management team and staff that will help advance my vision to restore a sense of safety in San Francisco by holding serious and repeat offenders accountable and implementing smart criminal justice reforms," Jenkins said in a statement, according to SFGate.

Jenkins — who quit her job in Boudin's office in 2021 to join the recall effort against him — was appointed DA by San Francisco Mayor London Breed on July 7 and will serve until November when she'll run in a special election determining who will complete Boudin’s term through 2023.

What are the details?

KTVU-TV legal analyst Michael Cardoza — a former prosecutor who worked in the SFDA's office — told the station that "the purge allows the new DA to bring her people in that have the right mental attitude toward prosecuting crime."

Jenkins has installed an all-female executive team, KTVU-TV reported, adding that her picks include Ana Gonzalez — one of Boudin's seven firings in his first two days in office — as well as Nancy Tung, Tiffany Sutton, and Kulvidar "Rani" Singh Mann.

"I promised the public that I would restore accountability and consequences to the criminal justice system while advancing smart reforms responsibly," Jenkins said in a press release, according to KTVU. "I have full faith and confidence that these women will promote and protect public safety while delivering justice in all of its various forms."

One leftist calls firings 'terrifying'

Cat Brooks, co-founder of the progressive Anti Police-Terror Project, told SFGate that Jenkins' firings are "terrifying."

"San Francisco has taken 10 giant steps backwards," Brooks told the outlet. "Jenkins was dangled in front of us because she's a black woman, which was supposed to make us feel better, but the firings are terrifying. I hope this raises the ire of the left and makes us realize we must fight, or we will lose. We always say a shift to the right can’t happen in California, but it is happening right here in San Francisco."

Anything else?

Boudin — a socialist who's the son of violent radicals — was elected in 2019 amid a national wave of progressive prosecutors running for office and promising to stop tough-on-crime policies they said disproportionately affected minorities.

Several key progressives such as Vice President Kamala Harris and socialist U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) supported Boudin's candidacy. Radical anti-Israel activist Linda Sarsour claimed she cried tears of joy after Boudin won.

Within his first two days in office, Boudin fired seven tough-on-crime prosecutors. He also vowed to not prosecute cases involving quality-of-life crimes, such as public camping, prostitution, public urination, and blocking a sidewalk.

But Boudin's soft-on-crime approach left the city's overwhelmingly liberal voting base with bad tastes in their mouths: They overwhelmingly supported Boudin's recall by a vote of 60% to 40%.

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