The San Francisco Marina Times has a story about a meth-addicted homeless vagrant who was caught on video surveillance in August burgling a commercial building in the Mission District. Members of the San Francisco Police Department recognized the guy and actually knew exactly where he camped.
It turns out the suspect’s tent was only 700 yards from the commercial building he had just burgled. When police caught up with him, he was not only wearing the same clothes he wore during the burglary, they found 26 grams of methamphetamine in his pockets.
Rather than immediately search the suspect’s tent, the officers prepared a search warrant whereby a San Francisco judge authorized that there was a high probability this suspect was the burglar,” the Marina Times reported. “Mission police officers used the judge’s approval to search the suspect’s tent and found items that the victim later confirmed were his.”
Normally one would say “good work SFPD,” but not SF DA Chesa Boudin. “Boudin’s office found the surveillance video was insufficient to identify the suspect. Boudin’s attorneys deemed that because no DNA or fingerprints were found at the crime scene, they elected not to prosecute either the burglary or the methamphetamine crimes.”
Boudin is increasingly being blamed for legally dubious decisions such as this.
Now Boudin blames his lack of prosecutions on SFPD not making arrests — “by comparing it to ordering an omelet at a restaurant from a waiter who is a cop who then won’t give you the omelet or even part of the omelet so you can’t eat the omelet,” Marina Times Tweeted.
ICYMI: Watch the DA's September virtual town hall. Thanks to all who joined us. https://t.co/StWjHCMM9L
— SF DISTRICT ATTORNEY (@SFDAOffice) September 11, 2020
During the District Attorney’s virtual town hall, one participant asked Boudin if it is true that with burglaries up 40% in San Francisco, he heard the DA’s office has been calling victims and asking them not to file charges.
“Many say we don’t prosecute property crimes,” Boudin said. “That is a lie. We prosecute property crimes every day.”
“There are those who want to undermine the criminal justice system we are engaged in every day.”
He said it is people who “don’t believe in criminal justice reform” who are spreading these lies.
But Boudin’s criminal justice reform is emptying out jails and prisons, and removing bail.
According to the Marina Times, “Boudin’s lack of prosecutions is fueling a burglary epidemic. Boudin’s term started with a 23% leap in robberies and upticks in burglaries and car break-ins. After the March 16th Covid-19 shutdown, with retail stores closing and tourists and rental cars disappearing, criminals transitioned to stealing cars, starting fires, and committing burglaries. Through the shutdown, as of September 1st, burglaries exploded up 57.6% over the same period last year. (Year-to-date homicides are up 33% under Boudin.)”
As for the meth-head burglar who was released and then traumatized a young girl, On August 27th, per an SFPD News Release, after his release, “that same Market Street suspect committed a more serious burglary in the Portola district. This time the victim was a juvenile girl at home by herself when she found the Market Street burglar ‘exposing himself and engaging in sexual gratification’ in her living room. The burglar ‘approached the young girl in her bedroom, attempted to physically control her and block her escape.’ The girl was able to escape the room and call her father who returned home and controlled the burglar until SFPD arrived.”
Many want to know how District Attorney Chesa Boudin can continue to violate his oath of office and flaunt his disdain for the State Constitution. As one San Francisco resident told the Globe, “Things have gotten so very bad ……….. things are happening beyond imagination and belief. Something has to be done to return to some sense of sanity.”
In this video, @chesaboudin blames his lack of prosecutions on @SFPD not making arrests — by comparing it to ordering an omelet at a restaurant from a waiter who is a cop who then won’t give you the omelet or even part of the omelet so you can’t eat the omelet 😳 pic.twitter.com/lHpjVzkEp1
— TheMarinaTimes (@TheMarinaTimes) September 12, 2020