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San Francisco Mayor Admits Defeat on Defunding Police, Calls for Crime Crackdown

AMAC Exclusive – By Andrew Abbott

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Last Wednesday, a local California news station inadvertently revealed what historians might one day consider to be the nadir of the crime wave currently gripping liberal cities throughout the United States. According to ABC7 News, car break-ins across San Francisco have become so ubiquitous that residents are “emptying everything of value from their vehicle, unlocking their doors, and leaving the trunk open while they go about their business.” Smashed windows are often the most expensive items to replace following vehicle break-ins, and residents are hoping that leaving cars wide open with no valuables inside will deter thieves from breaking them.

The new tactic, a clear sign of desperation from the city’s law-abiding residents, further revealed just how pervasive the crime problem has become in a city that has for decades been associated with far-left criminal justice policies. However, after city leaders pledged to “re-invest” $120 million from the police budget earlier this year (in other words, defunding the department), Mayor London Breed is now launching an emergency police intervention to finally confront the crime wave.

In addition to the rash of car robberies sweeping the city, San Francisco has also seen a dramatic uptick in retail thefts in recent months. Viral videos have shown organized groups of thieves ransacking high-end stores like Louis Vuitton and Yves Saint Laurent, something that California Retailers Association president Rachel Michelin said was “traumatizing” employees and shoppers. Robberies have been on a steady rise since 2014, when the city passed a law that categorized any theft of merchandise worth less than $950 as a misdemeanor rather than a felony.

Likely in response to outrage from scared residents and store owners, Mayor Breed announced four proposals last week specifically to combat the high crime rate across the city. She also called for the “reign of criminals who are destroying our city… to come to an end.” Moreover, Breed said that the city must “be more aggressive with law enforcement… and less tolerant of all the bull**** that has destroyed our city.”

This tough-on-crime language from a well-known progressive mayor who has in the past expressed support for the “Defund the Police” movement caught many by surprise. However, Breed’s proposals seem to offer some hope for residents desperate for any action from the city to make their neighborhoods safer.

The first proposal is a crackdown on crime in Tenderloin, a section of San Francisco that is facing an untenable surge in illegal drug use, gun violence, and fentanyl overdoses.

The second is a move by law enforcement to curb the unlawful street sales of stolen goods. Many of the robbers besieging California have become so brazen that they will sell stolen merchandise on the street within walking distance of the stores they robbed.

The third measure will permit law enforcement to use security cameras in real-time. Due to a 2019 ordinance, police are prohibited from accessing security camera feeds during active crimes. This measure amends the law and permits police to stop crime as it is in progress.

Breed’s fourth proposal calls for using emergency funds to expand the police budget and hire additional officers and has drawn the most attention from both “Defund the Police” advocates and proponents of more strict crime policies. In essence, the move amounts to an admission of defeat on the efficacy of defunding police departments. After re-allocating much of the police budget earlier this year, Breed is now re-funding the department – with interest.

Progressives have predictably pushed back on Breed’s plan, insisting that less policing will somehow lead to a reduction in crime. However, with residents unable to even leave their cars parked on the street in broad daylight without fear of a break-in, Breed has few alternatives. In response to criticism, Breed has stated, “We are a city that prides ourselves on second chances and rehabilitation. But we’re not a city where anything goes. Our compassion should not be mistaken for weakness or indifference.” While Defund the Police ideology continues to persist in liberal pockets throughout the country, it appears it is officially in full retreat in San Francisco.

Breed’s weariness with far-left criminal justice policies may be spreading to other city officials as well. District Attorney Chesa Boudin, another early Defund the Police proponent, is already facing a tough recall election. In a similar pivot, after promising not to prosecute “victimless crimes,” including prostitution, drug dealing, and shoplifting, he announced felony charges for nine suspects arrested after a mass retail theft in Union Square. He further stated: “Let me be clear. I am doing everything in my power to keep San Francisco safe and to make sure that people who come to our city to commit crimes are held accountable.”

Tragically, this supposed about-face has come too little too late for many San Francisco residents who have lost their businesses, their property, and in some cases, their lives in the liberal push to “remake” the criminal justice system. While any positive change is welcome, voters are likely to remain skeptical until concrete action follows the new tough-on-crime rhetoric. Even then, they will not easily forget how far-left policies have decimated a once vibrant city.

Andrew Abbott is the pen name of a writer and public affairs consultant with over a decade of experience in DC at the intersection of politics and culture.


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Steven H
4 months ago

I hope it isn’t “too little, too late”. They may get a grip on the problem but will return to their policies of leniency and coddling and the city will be back where it is now. They got what they wanted. I also hope this isn’t a political game to help them get re-elected. Liberals will continue to “lead” by every whim as long as it ensures they stay in power. They care nothing about the citizens but bow to pressure from the almighty dollar and those who wield it as a weapon.

Rosalee Cavanaugh
4 months ago

the only mistake: Viral videos have shown organized groups of thieves ransacking high-end stores like Louis Vuitton and Yves Saint Laurent. It was OK when they stole from Mom & Pa stores, Walmart etc. Money talks

Frank Bort
4 months ago

God loves good order: make good choices !!! Every choice we make has a consequence

Chuck
4 months ago

San Francisco needs another 1906 earthquake and fire to clean up. Purge and burn. Can’t happen soon enough.

Hgfd
4 months ago

( ! )

Jammes
4 months ago

Phaq her. Phaq all libturds

Jim
4 months ago

I wouldn’t trust these SOB’s as soon as the police have to fire their weapon the left lunatics in the California Banana justice system will be prosecuting them under some f*d up liberal bullshit. They wanted this let them wallow in it. F them.

AjB
4 months ago

Well I guess that you can teach a libtard politician something after they try to defund the police thinking crime will go down then discover the “animals” demonstrate just how much they appreciate fewer police by promptly looting, stealing and behaving like the wild lawless animals they truly are without fear of consequences for their actions! Perhaps they need to start teaching them personal responsibility and accountability at home, school and church instead of victimhood and entitlement or privilege!

HocasPocas
4 months ago
Reply to  AjB

They knew exactly what they were doing when they defunded police. They just thought that they and there family members would somehow be exempt from the crime. Didn’t take them long to cuff and stuff the goons who carjacked the democrat in Philadelphia by gun point. Their frivolous laws for unlawfulness are coming back to bite them. How ironic

Jack
4 months ago

The response is too much, too soon. This sudden “awakening” is letting the roaches scramble and hide, until they get re-elected. The city should be allowed to burn, rust and crumble. Let the good citizens leave and the rest destroy and bury themselves in the carnage they have created.

Ray
4 months ago

These are politicians that say whatever it takes to get elected!Now that the city is out of control they want to have the people they hurt help them get it under control again.What should happen is they should resign and let sane people back in before the idiots burn every thing and there’s another Portland.

Blondie
4 months ago

Aww…now they want police protection, as if nobody saw this coming? The entire left coast is a third world country of terrorists and chaos. What SF and CA needs is new leadership that leans a little to the right of center and believes in law and order. Or just burn the cities down and put up more tents. You all had your chance to oust Newsom and you didn’t do it, so live with it.

Randy staubyn
4 months ago

Consequences. Unavoidable. Even in SanFran. SF problem is an easy equation to calculate. That old principal of reap what you sew! SF is getting exactly what they”deserve”.

Matt K.
4 months ago
Reply to  Randy staubyn

Randy,
I get your point, but the deserving consequences should fall heavily on the criminals, NOT the frightened, innocent residents

Larry W.
4 months ago
Reply to  Randy staubyn

The folks in these cities keep voting these radical senseless progressives into office. What did they expect would happen?

jocko
4 months ago

HOPE he AND his WHOLE F… FAMILY ARE TARGETS OF SEVERE CRIME AND ALL libs, TOO

Becky
4 months ago

Surprise, surprise! Lol. Standing down in the face of widespread crime indulgences causes…………
More Crime!
Whoever would have thought? Besides every conservative in the country. You demonRat Commies can lie all you want. You do. But YOU CAN’T UNDO FACTS!
Encourage a behavior, you get more of that behavior. It is LOGIC that rules. Not you.

Garye
4 months ago

Sounds like mayor breed needs to be removed like ALL failed liberal democrats who cannot manage anything!
What a pitiful disgrace the lawless democrats and their failed party have become.
It is a FACT that democrats DO NOT have the skills to do anything but destroy cities,states and even Our Country!
They ALL must be removed at EVERY LEVEL of government, they are nothing but FAILURES !!!

Larry W.
4 months ago
Reply to  Garye

You are right. Only a moron would think that less police and relaxed laws would cause a crime decrease.

C Noia
4 months ago

LOCK HER Up!! She’s a HUGE part of the problem in our city!! Boudin TOO!! The Voting Machines AND LAST but not least ALL the flaming libtards who’ve continually voted these corrupt Satanic people into office! YOU are responsible for destroying Our Once Beautiful City!! Get Good with God. God Wins Always!

papayec
4 months ago

This is to prevent a recall and get re-elected. Nothing else.

Garye
4 months ago
Reply to  papayec

Right you are, another failed Democrat pretender!

papayec
4 months ago

Not stupid; they’re evil.

Judy
4 months ago

Treason is, realistically, justified by death in front of a firing squad. I don’t want to support any traitors in prisons or a nursing home. Besides, they’ll get double payment put in front of a firing squad…then stand before God on Judgement Day. And I do not say that lightly.

Becky
4 months ago
Reply to  Judy

Hanging is also for Treason. I’d rather see all the Communist slime balls swinging in abject humiliation as they crap themselves ….

Judy
4 months ago

Since the 2020 election steal, I seriously do not believe for one minute that any of these Progressive idiots were voted into office! The three West Coast states, California, Oregon and Washington, for nearly 30 years with instated mail-in voting, have obviously been cheating in their elections for years. How on earth could Democrats with their failed policies year after year continue to be re-elected?? Easy answer, they weren’t. Elitism and ‘big money’ backing support is how they’ve been propped up to fill state and government positions. These Skunks smell as bad as the skunk weed they legalized in these states. Progressives only care about money and power. That’s why the schools aren’t educating our kids, they want stupid people to support them. Most Liberals I’ve come across feel the need to be arrogant about their opinions because they know in the normal world they’ll be seen as rediculous. I’ve never been able to carry on a civil conversation with a Liberal. They’re too busy trying to shove their narrative down my throat. Having a moral outlook on life keeps most people in check. Progressives are all over the place…way out there. It’s so sad to see how lax we’ve been through the years with everything the Liberals have wanted pertaining to rights they believe they have for their heinous actions and behavior. Whenever they wanted special considerations, we rolled over, but their continual prodding for more we didn’t figure on. So with their obsessive whining, always complaining they were being treated with bias and intimidation, finding it all insufferable we just kept rolling over if only just to shut them up! But we’re where we are because we have allowed it.
When one of these Ideologues gets threatened by the one’s they think will never touch them, not only are they delusional in that line of thinking, they are seen as total hypocrites when they call on law enforcement to protect them. Just like that pervert Portland Mayor in Oregon last year who was all for defunding police, when he was standing with BLM terrorists at an organized protest and one of them spit in his face and poured water on him. I really don’t know how these people manage to get along in this world at all! In my opinion they are Lunatics and psychotic.
May God help us all!!!

Garye
4 months ago
Reply to  Judy

Judy,
You have them figured out!
They ALL need to be REMOVED

Becky
4 months ago
Reply to  Judy

We used to lock them up in institutions for the crazy. But these same lunatics emptied them out to the streets in the 80s.
Yes, you lunatic Commies……those homeless are YOUR victims of “it’s not fair to lock people up”.
Do you see your mistake yet?

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