“The last thing we need is to clog up every available court with a misdemeanor possession of a pipe charge. Those cases will make it impossible to secure justice or closure in violent crimes.”
While many in the city remain opposed to arresting drug users and are more in favor of rehab, other Tenderloin residents have also agreed that more policing is needed.
“What the city has been doing is not working,” explained Tenderloin resident Garvey Harrison, a former drug user who now sponsors multiple Narcotics Anonymous members in the city, to the Globe on Monday. “Arresting drug users gets us nowhere. They need support and rehab to get better. That worked for me, and I try and pay that back by helping others with the similar addictions.”
“But what we really need are more police here. More arrests of people polluting the district with drugs. And police being around more to keep the crime in check. We need them to respond when we call for help.”
“And what the Mayor wants to do, a mix of more policing and more social help, would be a lot better for the district. Not perfect, but better. Boudin, I don’t know the man, but he should move to the district and we can see how long it takes before he changes his tune on fewer police and arresting people. A lot of us regret voting for him.”
Breed’s crackdown plan is currently being implemented in the district.