This isn’t something you see every day, a district attorney who is anti-police. Doesn’t he rely on law enforcement to do his job? Either way, you would think that a DA would support law and order. Not so with San Francisco’s Chesa Boudin.
Soft on crime and responsible for criminals getting back out on the street, Boudin is facing a potential recall election for his failure to tackle crime in the city. In fact, his entire solution seems to be that people just magically prevent crime:
“We cannot simply arrest and prosecute our way out of problems that are afflicting the Tenderloin and so many parts of our city… We can’t continue to wait for the police to respond and make an arrest before we intervene. We must as a city intervene before crimes are committed, before damage is done.”
Unfortunately, this doesn’t work in practice. Reality is that we need our brave men and women in law enforcement to be empowered to tackle the crime problem with a multi-faceted approach. They should be focused on community policing and building relationships with the law abiding citizens and taking a hard stance against crime. This model works, but it requires that a city properly fund and lead their law enforcement agencies.
San Francisco has spent the last several years crippling their police officers. It’s time they reverse that strategy, or is it too late? Let us know what you think in the comments below.