SAN FRANCISCO, CA – In a not so surprising turn of events, we have our first evidence of looting caught on video in San Francisco.
California’s 12th congressional district, which is run by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, has now become the home of one of the first documented instances of looting during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cell phone video captured the moments where two suspects can be seen filling bags from inside a Walgreens store based in the Bay Area.
@SFPD @chesaboudin @Walgreens SF GOV – PROTECT OUR LAW ABIDING CITIZENS AND BUSINESSES. THE LOOTING HAS BEGUN. Walgreens on Drumm. Suspects jumped on bus and didn’t pay right after on Market and Drumm @sfmta_muni pic.twitter.com/n5T5CEeYub
— Jared William (@Jared_William) March 19, 2020
Two store employees stand idly by as a male and female suspect nonchalantly grab what they’re seeking and simply stroll on out of the store.
While the looters stuff item after item into their bags, one person in the background of the video can be heard saying:
“I hope those drugs are good.”
The individual who filmed the two robbers stated the following as they exited the store:
“Pieces of shit. I hope you overdose, pieces of shit.”
The video, posted to Twitter, has amassed nearly half a million views and hundreds of comments already.
Of all the people to comment, San Francisco’s District Attorney, Chesa Boudin, chimed in with the following online:
“If police make an arrest, my office will prosecute. Have no doubt about that.”
If police make an arrest, my office will prosecute. Have no doubt about that.
— Chesa Boudin 博徹思 (@chesaboudin) March 21, 2020
Call me a skeptic, but I’d be among those who would “doubt” that.
Boudin is the same person who went so far as to say that the criminal justice system is “racist” on his own 2019 campaign website:
“The criminal justice system isn’t just massive and brutal, it’s also racist.”
Don’t get me wrong, There are areas of opportunity with regard to making changes to the criminal justice system. Yet, blanket statements of the whole system being “racist” isn’t contributing to a meaningful dialogue.
Take note, as more hysteria around COVID-19 increases and additional police precincts avoid arrests for non-violent offenses, we’ll see more of these acts crop up around the country.
If police are compelled to avoid intervening, you’ll also likely see these criminal interactions escalate due to people and business owners looking to protect their rightfully owned property.
We are NOT protected in California. And now that we are in coronavirus hell, our mayors and governor think it’s okay to let criminals run loose, keep cannabis non-criminals in jail, and not protect us from harms way when people start looting and robbing. This is NOT OKAY, LA.
— Tati (@TatiJokes) March 21, 2020
Essentially, it won’t be a pretty outcome for any and all involved.
Elsewhere in the world, certain establishments have already been the subject of lootings and break-ins after certain businesses were shut down.
Apparently, six bars in Dublin were broken into the first night they shut down because of the coronavirus crisis. So to prevent looting, many pubs are boarding up. Wankers. pic.twitter.com/4XUmtEfv5s
— Conor Blennerhassett (@ConorBlenner) March 20, 2020
Such is the case with Dublin, Ireland, where many pubs were forced to close shop. Apparently within the first 24 hours of certain establishments being closed, bar owners were forced to board-up their doors and windows after a series of break-ins.
Keep in mind, it’s likely not a coincidence that this act of looting was caught in San Francisco.
As mentioned earlier, individuals have been pushing for police to avoid arresting people for non-violent crime, before the pandemic even spread to the area. Looting typically falls under that category.
A San Francisco public defender, Manohar Raju, sent a letter to San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott on March 11th suggesting that his officers should stop citing or arresting people for infractions, misdemeanors and non-violent felonies.
This Raju guy can’t be serious.
I wonder if he realizes that a non-violent felony can be theft, larceny, embezzlement, bribery, fraud…the list goes on.
— KGO 810 (@KGO810) March 13, 2020
Raju’s request is all a means to help thwart the spread of COVID-19.
In his letter, he stated:
“As we all follow recommendations to avoid congregating and preserving more personal distance than usual. We must be especially mindful to reduce criminal legal system contact to the greatest extent possible, while also upholding the duty to protect public safety.”
Apparently, Raju is dead serious.
Here’s his list of things the police should stop doing to help keep COVID-19 out of jails and prisons, according to genius Raju:
“Reduce all unnecessary contact with the community by ceasing to cite people for violations of municipal infractions, ceasing citations and arrests for low level misdemeanors that do not pose a public safety risk, and to suspend all additional arrests, unless there is a clear and present danger of imminent physical harm.
This should include all misdemeanor offenses and all non-violent felonies.”
Oh, this isn’t the first law enforcement establishment that Raju has been asking what they intend to do about COVID-19. He pestered the city’s sheriff, Paul Miyamoto, about what he intends to do about the possibility of a jail outbreak. This, too, was another written correspondence.
Is anyone else wondering why a public defender is going around demanding answers from police departments and sheriff’s offices? Shouldn’t he be working on client cases instead of sending letters to sheriffs and police chiefs about a virus?
San Francisco PD Manohar Raju has asked the county sheriff’s department for its plans for preventing coronavirus outbreak in jail: “The constant flow of both staff and detainees…means that a powerful virus like COVID-19 can take over quickly and easily.” https://t.co/3Zw9dHER2C
— The Appeal (@theappeal) March 10, 2020
In Raju’s letter to the sheriff, he pointed out the obvious, noting that people go in and out of jail frequently:
“The constant flow of both staff and detainees in an out of the jails — where large numbers of people are housed in close proximity — means that a powerful virus like COVID-19 can take over quickly and easily.”
Well, you could say the same thing about a movie theater, too. But since there’s no “woke” buzzwords surrounding cinemas, I’d bet that Raju isn’t going to pen a letter to the heads at AMC or Harkins Theaters.
Does Raju even realize that, at the time of his letter, there were only 18 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in San Francisco County? Out of a population of over 880,000 people – 18 cases, zero fatalities. And not one instance having been reported in a jail or prison in the county.
Also, does Raju actually think that the jails, sheriff’s office, and police department aren’t already taking precautionary measures? Did his strongly-worded letters make all the brass suddenly think, “You know, I never thought about this virus until now.”
Still, this public defender is asking these entities to produce a plan. As if they weren’t already in the process, of setting one in motion.
Is it possible that Raju is simply trying to look out for the well-being of the jail population in light of COVID-19?
I mean, it’s possible, but unlikely.
This is virtue signaling for a number of reasons. First, Raju is clamoring examples of “what are you going to do” and “maybe try this.” Both are illustrations demonstrating just how ill-informed he is, and how he’s not an authority on dealing with COVID-19.
The second reason is that he’s a public defender posing unwarranted inquiries to departments he neither answers to nor give direction toward. If he was genuinely concerned about COVID-19 outbreaks, he’d also be telling McDonald’s to stop serving people hamburgers to avoid public interactions.
But he isn’t. Raju is just trying to say all the right things so people will see him saying it and they’ll in turn extend a swarm of clap emoji tweets in his honor.
You know, that social currency when 16-year old kids share your soundbite and caption it with “Say it louder for the people in the back,” or the equally cringe-worthy caption that just says, “This” followed with an arrow emoji.
Say it louder for the people in the back 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽
— Vic 🇭🇹🇨🇦 (@BeachGirlVicki) March 13, 2020
Whatever this public defender is peddling, I’m not buying.
Hopefully the SFPD won’t either.
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