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San Franciscans Overwhelmingly Vote To Recall Progressive DA Chesa Boudin

San Francisco, CA – San Francisco voters voted overwhelmingly to recall progressive San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin on Tuesday.

The recall measure – known officially as Proposition H – garnered the support of more than 60 percent of the city’s voters during the June 7 primary, CBS News reported.

The recall effort was spearheaded by Safer SF Without Boudin, a local group that gathered over 83,000 signatures to put the recall election on the ballot, KGO reported.

“San Franciscans are fed up and tired,” Safer SF Without Boudin spokesperson Andrea Shorter said when the measure made the ballot.

“It is about San Franciscans not feeling safe under this district attorney when he does not hold to account and act responsibly when it comes to repeat offenders,” Shorter explained.

The group claimed Boudin was too lenient when it comes to repeat offenders and had placed citizens at risk as a result, KGO reported.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed will appoint someone to replace Boudin, and that person can run for office in November to finish out the former prosecutor’s term, CBS News reported.

Boudin is the son of Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert, two members of The Weather Underground who were convicted of murdering two police officers and a Brinks security guard during an armed robbery in 1981, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Boudin was endorsed by former Presidential hopeful U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), singer John Legend, and the co-founders of Black Lives Matter, as well as several first-term radical liberal prosecutors including Chicago’s beleaguered Cook County Prosecutor Kim Foxx and Philadelphia’s cop-hating district attorney, Larry Krasner.

Activist Shaun King’s Real Justice PAC and a lot of other money from outside the state of California filled the public defender’s campaign coffers, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Boudin was 14 months old when both of his parents left him with a sitter while they committed an armored car robbery in upstate New York, NBC News reported.

After his parents went to prison, he was raised by The Weather Underground’s leaders, Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, in a life of privilege that led him to Yale University.

After college, Boudin won a Rhodes scholarship and then worked as a translator for the late Communist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, according to NBC News.

“Growing up, I had to go through a metal detector and steel gates just to give my parents a hug,” Boudin said in one of his campaign videos.

The public defender ran his campaign on criminal justice reform, claiming that he was also a “victim” of his parents’ armed robbery in 1981 that left three people dead, two of them police officers.

Boudin has claimed he was motivated to run for office because he has experienced the results of the “destructive effects of mass incarceration,” NBC News reported.

Supporters of the recall said that while Boudin was district attorney, his policies made the city less safe by failing to aggressively prosecute violent criminals, CBS News reported.

The skyrocketing number of hate crimes against Asians in recent months, combined with a spike in carjackings and home and auto burglaries, forced some residents to hire private security to keep their families safe.

Mass incidents of shoplifting caused some major businesses to reduce their hours at locations in the city.

Critics have said that rather than going after the criminals, Boudin established himself as anti-law enforcement and spent more resources going after police officers than criminals.

Things got so bad in the end of 2021, that the Democratic mayor announced a crackdown, the New York Post reported.

“It’s time the reign of criminals who are destroying our city, it is time for it to come to an end,” Breed said. “And it comes to an end when we take the steps to more aggressive with law enforcement. More aggressive with the changes in our policies and less tolerant of all the bulls-t that has destroyed our city.”

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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