Liberal SF Mayor backpedaling from ‘defund the police’ movement, citing need for criminal ‘accountability’

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San Francisco, CA: San Francisco Mayor London Breed is backpedaling previous efforts to “defund the police” due to spiking crime rates and what residents call a sharp reduction in “quality of life.”

Mayor Breed was an outspoken advocate in 2020 following the Floyd protests to defund the police. She, among other liberal politicians, labeled the entire law enforcement profession as “the problem” in America.

Many of these liberal politicians are starting to change their tune- especially Mayor Breed, which is a long way from where she started.

Breed wasn’t quiet about her intentions in 2020 either. In a press conference on July 31, 2020, the San Francisco mayor was proud to announce:

“We will redirect $120 million from law enforcement to support these priorities over the next two years. Let me repeat that. This is $120 million.”

That carries a confident tone- but one that didn’t last long term.

Crime in San Francisco has risen sharply since 2020 and residents have voiced frustration over it by citing a drop in quality of living.

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SF residents prepare drugs for consumption.
Photo screenshot courtesy of KPIX CBS SF YouTube channel.

According to a Fox News Digital column:

“San Francisco was among cities across the country that saw some crimes increase in 2020 compared to 2019. Homicides increased by 20% that year compared to 2019, and by 17% in 2021 compared to 2020.

While crimes such as rape and robbery decreased in 2020, burglaries increased by 47% in 2020 when compared to the three previous years, data complied by SFGate shows.”

Mayor Breed made a statement in late 2021, expressing the need for more accountability against people breaking the law instead of ‘giving criminals another chance.’

Mayor Breed stated:

“I’m proud this city believes in giving people second chances,” Breed said at the time. “Nevertheless, we also need there to [have] accountability when someone does break the law… Our compassion cannot be mistaken for weakness or indifference…

I was raised by my grandmother to believe in ‘tough love,’ in keeping your house in order, and we need that, now more than ever.”

That surely sounds like backpedaling and a far cry from defunding police.

Tony Montoya, the President of the San Francisco Police Officer’s Association, is a critic of the Mayor’s irresponsible management of the police force. He considers her latest stance a reverse in policy.

In a response statement to Mayor Breed’s late 2021 press conference, Tony Montoya said:

“Mayor Breed’s announcement yesterday to deploy more police officers to address the unacceptable level of crime in portions of our city, namely the Tenderloin, is an acknowledgment that the push to defund the SFPD was a mistake.”

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It was a mistake. The push of the ‘defund the police’ movement led to a swarm of retirements, recruiting issues, and increasing crime rates across the city.

According to the Fox column:

“Between April 2020 and April 2021, resignations increased by 18% and retirements by 45%.”

The column continued:

“The San Francisco Police Department has reported more of the same as the national trend. As of August, the department is down about 300 officers. Just last month alone, 50 officers left the department, with only eight to 10 recruits ready to fill the gaps.” 

San Francisco is not alone. They, along with other large liberal cities across the country are trying to fix the disaster they’ve created with their soft-on-crime policies that put criminals back on the streets quickly.

They have, however, taken steps to fixing the problem. The previous DA, Chesa Boudin, was recalled by San Francisco voters. This lack of confidence in Boudin is a sign that their failed policies were allowing the city to go to ruin.

New DA, Brook Jenkins, is vowing to change San Francisco to make the streets safer and to go after criminals such as drug dealers.

In a recent tweet, she stated:

“My office is working hard to make our neighborhoods safer, advocate for victims, and work to implement strong, practical criminal justice reform. As DA, I will listen to the concerns of San Franciscans and will do what’s necessary to make sure all of our communities feel safe.”

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New San Francisco DA Brook Jenkins, YouTube screenshot courtesy of KTVU Fox 2

Jenkins fell short on making any pro police comments.

Until she does, she will likely face the same crime issues as the previous DA. Officers in the SFPD need to know that they have the support of their elected officials to do their job efficiently.

But if the law enforcement community feels they are still one call away from becoming the next political scapegoat, don’t expect crime to lower much in what used to be a beautiful San Francisco.

 

 

Liberal SF Mayor backpedaling from 'defund the police' movement, citing need for criminal 'accountability'

Another politician backpedaling on the defund the police movement.

Report: Rep. Jerry Nadler suddenly changes his tune on defunding the police now that it’s election time

Posted August 12, 2022

The New York Post reported that “defund the police” backer and advocate Rep. Jerry Nadler has changed his tune and now claims he favors federal funding for the New York Police Department (NYPD).

The candidates for Manhattan’s redrawn 12th congressional district were asked during a recent PIX-11 debate to give a “yes” or “no” answer on whether they supported allocating more federal funding to the NYPD.

Up until then and until Nadler got a serious challenge for re-election, the Rep. would have never said yes, but he and his two rivals, Rep. Carolyn Maloney and Suraj Patel all said “yes.”

In 2020, Nadler sang a different tune when the local publication westsiderag.com asked if he supported defunding the police. A WSR reporter asked Nadler during a question and answer session:

“Close to home, the NYPD budget has grown to about $6 billion. There have been call to defund or cut the NYPD budget. Is that something that you would be in support of?”

Nadler answered:

“Yes, it should certainly be cut.”

He added:

“The city’s needs at this point are much more in terms of social services, jobs, feeding people, education, and health, and much less in police … We’re spending too much on police.

There should be substantial cuts to the police budget and a reallocation of those funds to where we need them.”

During the PIX-11 debate on Tuesday, August 9th, moderated Dan Mannarino asked Nadler about his earlier comments, questioning him, “What has changed your view tonight?”

At first, Nadler tried to contest the point saying:

“I did not say I favored defunding. I said I thought some resources should be shifted from the police to mental health and social services as they were in the city budget because cops can’t do everything.”

He added:

“You need social services and mental health services in order to decrease crime too.”

 

Nadler said that now he supports an increase in federal police funding “because crime is increasing all across the country” in part because of the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

He has the endorsement of the Working Families Party, which has promoted defunding the police and has questioned candidates seeking its endorsement on whether they would accept donations from police unions.

Nadler’s campaign, which was contacted by The Post to give more clarification on his position, said that the congressman has voted to cumulatively deliver more than $12 billion in funds to law enforcement since election to the House in 1992.

Maloney, one of Nadler’s opponents, who promotes gun control measures, emphasized used more federal Medicaid dollars to fund treatment beds for those suffering from mental illness.

Patel, the other opponent, said he supported legislation to boost funding for the NYPD to hire more detectives to solve crimes, noting that 40 percent of homicides go unsolved.

He also called for more foot patrols, street lighting and dedicated mental health units.

A court-assigned special master tasked with fixing the maps merged Nadler’s Upper West Side base with Maloney’s Upper East Side turf as part of a new 12th Congressional District.

Without any hesitation, Nadler immediately announced he would run in the 12th Congressional District against Maloney instead of his redrawn 10th district, which no longer included the Upper West Side and took in new neighborhoods in Brooklyn.

Patel is the third candidate in the race. He is looking to pull off an upset against the Nadler and Maloney who have served in the House since the early 1990s.

 

Liberal SF Mayor backpedaling from 'defund the police' movement, citing need for criminal 'accountability'

This is what could happen with police defunded cities, let it be a warning.

Police-defunded, Democrat-run NYC: Smash-and-grab robbery hits a jewelry store – employees hit with bear spray

Posted: August 12, 2022

NEW YORK CITY, NY – According to reports, masked thieves with bear spray terrorized one New York City jewelry store in a $800,000 heist.

Now, police are searching for a group of 10 masked individuals who are being accused of carrying out a sophisticated and coordinated robbery at a jewelry store in the Bronx.

Police say that the group used bear spray to temporarily blind the workers as they swiped $800,000 in merchandise.

Video of the incident shows the panic of the employees inside the store as the struggled to see and breathe with horrified witnesses rushing to give them water.

According to The New York Post, the armed robbers used hammers to smash display cases as they targeted the Revel Jewelers on East Fordham Road around 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10th.

Police said that one thief displayed a gun and another discharged multiple cans of bear spray at the six workers inside the store.

Surveillance video shows workers and others scrambling into nearby stores, as a security worker grabbed his face in pain.

People who were walking by on the street were also sprayed and a street vender said he had to use milk to flush his eyes. Bassir Sow said:

“It was really painful. I couldn’t even see.”

One witness, identified as Nicholas Lassi, said in a statement:

“People were coughing and covering their eyes because most of the people who got sprayed were inside the store. They were messed up pretty bad. Eyes were puffed up seemed like they got sprayed head-on, in the face. It’s crazy.”

New York Police Department (NYPD) statistics show that robberies in the precinct where the robbery occurred are up 5 percent. Mojib Ullah, a manager at a nearby clothing store, said:

“I’m working in this place 13 years. I’ve never seen it like this. Pandemic made it worse and worse. To be honest with you, this area is getting worse and worse every day. They robbed the corner store, three times. Across the street, robbed last week.”

Police said that the group of 10 thieves got away via a vehicle and motorcycle. Anyone with any information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

According to the NYPD, in another incident, a smash-and-grab netted over $2 million in “high-end diamond jewelry.” The wild, caught-on-video robbery lasted all of 30 seconds.

 

Police said that surveillance video shows a suspect, dressed in a white t-shirt and a black cap and wearing sunglasses, acting like a customer when he rushed into Rocco’s Jewelry on Friday, August 5th around 2:30 p.m.

Instead of going inside, the man let his three masked buddies rush through the door. One man was swinging a hammer, smashing the glass cases while the others pulled out trays of pricey items. Police said:

“Once inside the store, the three individuals used a hammer to smash open the display cases and removed a large amount of high-end diamond jewelry.”

Police said that the jewelry was placed into bags that were carried by the thieves, who fled the location on foot heading southbound on Webster Avenue.

Workers inside the store are declining interviews, according to ABC7, but the owners at the business next door said they want the suspects caught before they can do it again. Sandra Duque said:

“It was disgusting. They walk in in the middle of the day, like it’s normal. I mean I saw the guy, that was holding the door. They went in and in 36 seconds, they took the whole store.”

Serina Masters added:

“For us that work on Fordham, not to say it’s normal, but it happens a lot. So it wasn’t really a surprise that something happened next door.”

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