Pro-criminal, anti-police politicians in San Francisco took a victory lap on Tuesday after District Attorney candidate Chesa Boudin declared victory.
At Boudin’s election party, Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer led a “F— the POA” chant, referring to the Police Officers Association.
“Hey, so I just got one thing to say,” Fewer told the crowd, “Which is f— the POA! San Francisco, this is what we get when we throw the f— down. This is the city where we elect a public defender to be our district attorney. What we start here, the nation follows. So, look out.”
She went on to call the police liars.
“I want to personally thank every single person here. But I want to thank every single voter that saw through the ‘lies’, that said we need something better. We want something better. We can have something better. Thank you, San Francisco.”
In case you are wondering if you read that correctly…you did.
— Mary Franklin Harvin (@EmEffHarvin) November 6, 2019
San Francisco elected a public defender to be the next DA. The person representing the city in all prosecutorial matters is an individual that has spent their entire career coming up with ways to get guilty people off with no charges or the least possible charges.
San Francisco, which is a feces-covered sanctuary city that is known for thumbing its nose at law and order, will now have two legal teams arguing on behalf of the accused.
This is one of the reasons that the union had opposed Boudin’s candidacy.
The POA sent Fewer a strongly worded letter, demanding an apology. Union president, Tony Montoya writes:
Police union demands apology from Supervisor Sandra Fewer for leading “Fuck the POA” chant at Chesa Boudin party: “Your hate-filled comments and unstable behavior are worrisome…” https://t.co/9M7a3oFj5h pic.twitter.com/Wpvz3Z57cK
— Michael Barba (@mdbarba) November 6, 2019
“Dear Ms. Fewer:
Last night, your unhinged attack on the 2,000 San Francisco police officers who make up the San Francisco Police Officers Association (SFPOA) was repugnant. By leading a public chant of ‘[email protected]%k the POA,’ you stoke anger against our members who already perform a dangerous job every day to protect our residents.
You show, by example, that it is acceptable to verbally assault officers. Last night, you made our officers’ job more dangerous. The manner and the vitriol with which you carried out your verbal assault should concern all San Franciscans.
Ms. Fewer, while we disagreed over who to support during the election for District Attorney, your hate-filled comments and unstable behavior are worrisome and completely unacceptable and unbecoming of some elected to represent all San Franciscans.
The SFPOA is a member organization. When you lead a profane verbal attack on the SFPOA, you are in fact attacking San Francisco’s police officers. You should be ashamed, and you owe every hardworking member of the SFPOA and apology.”
Montoya closed the letter with a request.
“We would also encourage you to attend a 40-hour, implicit bias training to better understand your apparent hatred of police officers. Getting in touch with your feelings about why you hold such disdain for the men and women in uniform working to keep San Franciscans safe is the first step toward healing the pain you have caused.
While we cannot change who you are as a person, we hope that after you are able to reflect on the actual impact of your hate-filled rant, you will temper your behavior in the future.”
Fewer, in the least sincere way possible, issued an “apologetic” response.
A sincere apology would look something like this:
Members of the SFPD:
I made comments last night that has upset many of you. For that, I am sorry. I respect and appreciate the men and women of the SFPD, and I certainly meant no ill-will towards you. My comments were directed at union leadership. I am sorry that you became the target of my words. I can only hope that you will accept my apology.
Instead, the officers charged with protecting the city received a letter filled with insincerity, defense, accusations and political rhetoric.
Fewer essentially said that she did nothing wrong by making the statements and leading that chant on election night.
She used phrases like:
“I am sorry for any offense that my comments may have caused,”
“if my comments were misinterpreted to be an attack on you,”
“I used profanity in my comments…but quite frankly, I don’t think it is language that we have not heard before.”
When you run those through the filter of insincerity, here is the rough translation.
Assuming any of you are actually offended, then I am sorry. Unfortunately, most of you are too stupid to grasp what I meant. Put your big boy/girl pants on and quit being so sensitive.
While she did take a few seconds to discuss how honorable, difficult and necessary policing is, she tossed that sentiment right out the window.
When you endorse and then celebrate the election of someone who is going to make it harder to get criminal convictions, then your words are empty. When you applaud the appointment of a DA with a proclivity for putting dangerous criminals back on the streets, putting both civilians and police at greater risk of harm, your apology carries zero credibility.
In response to the campaign information that the SFPOA distributed prior to the election, Fewer had this to say.
“This is way out there compared to anything that has come out so far in this current race. When we use terms such as ‘dangerous for your children,’ when we actually put mugshots on the literature, that somewhat incites fear in people.”
Hmmm. Maybe that is a good thing. Maybe the POA and its members, the SFPD, don’t want a DA that looks for ways to release violent criminals back in the community.
According to the San Francisco Examiner, the campaign by the SFPOA was an attack on Boudin. They did not say the same about a union supporting Boudin when they sent out mailers against his opponent, interim DA, Suzy Loftus, claiming corruption was involved in the mayor naming her in the interim.
The SEIU committee paid for a mailer opposing Loftus that claimed Mayor London Breed’s decision to appoint Loftus as interim district attorney earlier this month was a “backdoor deal.”
Prior to the election, San Francisco Mayor London Breed appointed an interim District Attorney following the announcement of George Gascon’s resignation.
Breed appointed Suzy Loftus, a former prosecutor and president of the San Francisco Police Commission, saying she was “confident” in her abilities.
“We need strong leadership in this office,” Breed said. “And I couldn’t think of anyone better to appoint to this position.”
Apparently, strong leadership in that position doesn’t sit well with Fewer and her counterparts. And why would Boudin be more qualified than Loftus, who spent time as a prosecutor?
Obviously, Boudin was all about less prosecution.
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The SFPOA claims Boudin pledged to not charge drunk drivers involved in crashes that do not injure people and that he will not use gang enhancements against those charged with rape or murder.
“When we examined Chesa Boudin’s dangerous policy proposals and how those policies would make neighborhood safety worse, we felt a duty to make sure voters heard the truth,” said Montoya. “That is why we have engaged in our fact-based education effort with voters.”
Ask the family of Kate Steinle how they feel about a DA who has NEVER prosecuted a case in his life.
Kate was shot and killed by an immigrant, not legally in the country. He was subsequently acquitted of first and second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and assault with a semi-automatic firearm.
A jury bought his story that he was just an innocent by-stander, who happened to pick up a gun that was just sitting on the pier and it went off accidently, just as he picked it up and Kate just happened to be walk in front of the bullet as it ricocheted off a concrete wall and hit her in the back. The defense argued that he threw the gun in the water so it would stop firing.
Garcia-Zarate was convicted for a weapons possession charge, but that was later overturned by an Appeals Court because they said he didn’t hold the weapon long enough to constitute possession.
Is this what the city of San Francisco must look forward to? Loopholes and technicalities?
Of those decisions, the SFPOA said in a statement:
“This is yet another disgusting injustice perpetrated by a broken criminal justice system that is more intent on re-harming the victims of crime and their families than holding violent offenders accountable.”
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