A disturbing video has surfaced online (seen below) that shows what can only be described as despicable in nature. And it shows an ever-present threat to some of our society’s most vulnerable citizens.
San Francisco’s Chinatown is clearly not safe for the senior citizens present there, or at least that is the perception happening after the release of a video showcasing a violent assault against three of its community members.
The growing outrage in Chinatown stemmed from a video where assailants had viciously beaten several senior citizens in the evening while allegedly robbing them in the process as well.
The community has been shaken to the core, and the reactions from local residents cement that very sentiment. The video posted to social media has been gathering strong reactions from all who have witnessed it.
According to police, three men were beaten in the evening by a group of four unidentified male suspects. It appears this assault was an attempt to try and rob the elderly victims on Clay Street and Walter Lum Place. The suspects remain at large at this time.
On the video clip, one of the unsuspecting victims is simply standing on the sidewalk when one of the four men savagely punched the individual right in the face. The strike was so powerful that the person fell right to the ground and laid there motionless while the video was ongoing.
Two other victims can be seen being punched and knocked into the street by the violent thugs, all the while traffic was still active when the two victims were pummeled into the road. Moments later, the suspects piled into a black SUV sped off down Clay Street.
Betty Louie, a local resident and part of the Chinatown Merchant’s Association, was horrified by what she had seen on the video. When commenting on the strike that had one victim fall to the ground, she stated:
“I mean, he was out cold.”
She continued on how this video will create troubled perceptions of her town:
“We are trying to make it a visitor friendly destination and at the same time, you get these thugs who come in and they just beat up people randomly for no reason whatsoever, it’s a hate crime.”
What’s worse, these types of attacks aren’t disparate, they’re becoming a full-blown trend for the city.
Over the summer, two other senior citizens were brutally attacked in Chinatown in broad daylight, another incident that was captured on video.
Dashawn Pierson, a 19-year-old Oakland man, was arrested on October 22ndin connection with that strong-armed robbery and assault.
San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin had some strong words with regard to the events that played out on the video showcasing the three seniors assaulted:
“What we saw last night is not going to be tolerated.”
Peskin also stated that police had informed him that the same suspects related to the video posted online were spotted on November 8thas well; with that instance being linked to another robbery. Peskin mentioned the additional sighting, saying:
“We do know the same car was spotted in the 700 block of Jackson St. on Friday night for a purse snatching.”
The events that unfolded during Saturday night’s attack happened at the entrance to Portsmouth Square, which is an area frequented by senior citizens day and night within the town. Betty Louie simply wants all Chinatown residents to be safe, especially the community’s seniors.
All three of the victims are in their mid to late 60s according to police. Thankfully, the brutal attack that was waged on the three people didn’t cause any serious detriment to them physically, as police stated that they are recovering from the attack with only minor injuries.
Don’t fool yourself into thinking it’s going to get any better. That’s because as of last week, there’s a new District Attorney in town.
What’s puzzling about the new D.A. though is that it seems he doesn’t like prison. The term brazenly thrown around is “Criminal Justice Reform”, but while some seek actual reform, there’s the group of individuals that proclaim it’s racist and broken and fail to say how to fix the alleged malfunctions.
Chesa Boudin, the son of two murderous, anti-war extremists sent to prison for murder when he was a toddler, managed to win San Francisco’s race for district attorney after campaigning to reform the criminal justice system.
Boudin, who was previously a deputy public defender, declared victory Saturday night after four days of ballot counting had showcased that he was ahead of interim District Attorney Suzy Loftus.
According to the most recent count, the San Francisco Department of Elections gave Boudin a lead of 8,465 votes in the race. The interim District Attorney stated that she will make sure there’s a smooth transition within the office.
Criminal justice reform is a talking point quite popular for those leaning more toward left-of-center when running for elected positions as Boudin, 39, became the most recent candidate across the nation to win district attorney elections by pushing for extensive restructuring regarding incarceration.
His agenda in office is to tackle racial bias in the criminal justice system, overhaul the bail system, protect immigrants from deportation and pursue accountability in police misconduct cases. They sound like buzz-worthy talking points, but how exactly does a D.A. protect immigrants from deportation?
Boudin said in a statement after the proclaimed victory:
“The people of San Francisco have sent a powerful and clear message: It’s time for radical change to how we envision justice. I’m humbled to be a part of this movement that is unwavering in its demand for transformation.”
Taking everything he ran on into consideration, the D.A. really only holds the ability to choose what, and what not to, prosecute. However, the “bail system” is in a judge’s hands, and immigration is a federal ordeal.
So, in reality, what his office can do is not prosecute people who are any other race than Caucasian and also prosecute every time someone has a viral tweet about a cop doing something bad.
Now I completely agree with the sentiment that the “son shall not inherit the sins of the father”, but the motivation for getting into law and running for the D.A. office stems from his parent’s homicidal past.
He was 14-month-old when his parents, who were members of the far-left, terrorist organization Weather Underground, dropped him off with a babysitter and took part in an armored car robbery in upstate New York that left two police officers and a security guard dead.
His mother, Kathy Boudin, served 22 years behind bars and his father, David Gilbert, may spend the rest of his life in prison.
His parent’s circumstances after their criminal acts were a part of his campaign messaging; as shown in one of his videos pertaining to running for office Boudin stated:
“Growing up, I had to go through a metal detector and steel gates just to give my parents a hug.”
Well, that’s what happens when you visit a terrorist responsible for three dead in a gruesome armed robbery.
He said that as one of the dozens of people whose lives were shattered by the deadly robbery in 1981, he experienced first-hand the destructive effects of mass incarceration and it motivated him to reform the nation’s broken criminal justice system.
What’s confusing in this notion, is how does one determine the criminal justice system is broken because they had to visit their parents in prison?
Officers Waverly L. Brown and Edward J. O’Grady, and Brinks employee Peter Paige, never got to go home on October 20th, 1981. The imprisonment of all involved showed that the criminal justice system works.
Boudin was raised in Chicago by leaders of the deemed terrorist organization Weather Underground, specifically Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, with Dohrn actually having been on the FBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted list due to her helping lead Weather Underground.
Boudin later studied law at Yale University. He later won a Rhodes Scholarship and worked as a translator for Venezuela’s late President Hugo Chavez before coming to San Francisco.
Presidential hopeful Kamala Harris had the following to say about the election outcome while campaigning in Iowa:
“San Francisco has always been supportive of a progressive approach to criminal justice … It’s the nature of that town and I congratulate the winner.”
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders posted the following on Twitter pertaining to Boudin’s win:
“Now is the moment to fundamentally transform our racist and broken criminal justice system by ending mass incarceration, the failed war on drugs and the criminalization of poverty.”
Well, the campaign is over and the election was won. It is going to be interesting to see how Boudin will attempt to fulfill campaign promises that he bears no decision making authority on while also seeing how intends to, for lack of a better term, selectively-prosecute cases.
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Back in August, the city decided to step up a war on words instead of a war on crime.
They apparently decided that referring to convicted felons as, well… convicted felons, is no longer okay, and has rebranded the language to ‘justice-involved person’.
And that’s not the only phrase they’re changing.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, from now on a convicted felon or an offender released from custody will be known as a “formerly incarcerated person,” or a “justice-involved” person or just a “returning resident.”
Drug addicts or substance abusers will become “a person with a history of substance use.”
Parolees are now a “person under supervision.” A juvenile “delinquent” will become a “young person with justice system involvement,” or a “young person impacted by the juvenile justice system.”
Returning resident? Justice-involved? People… let’s be real. A spade is a spade… even if you decide to start calling it something else.
Apparently calling a criminal a criminal isn’t politically correct… and now the city is pushing for new language throughout the criminal justice system to help change the way everyday citizens think about people who commit crimes.
San Francisco rebrands convicted felons as ‘justice-involved persons’ and ex-cons as ‘returning residents’ https://t.co/pyHirvFsq0
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) August 22, 2019
Let’s not forget that San Francisco boasts some pretty intense numbers when it comes to crime rates.
According to Neighborhood Scout, with a crime rate of 70 per one thousand residents, San Francisco has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes – from the smallest towns to the very largest cities.
Maybe they should be teaching the community about how to better their lives… instead of changing the phrasing to make them feel better about their mistakes.
“We don’t want people to be forever labeled for the worst things that they have done,” Supervisor Matt Haney told the newspaper. “We want them ultimately to become contributing citizens, and referring to them as felons is like a scarlet letter that they can never get away from.”
So instead of describing a repeat offending drug addict who stole from you… police might have to refer to them as “a returning resident who was involved with the justice system and who is currently under supervision with a history of substance use.”
This is also the city that started a poop patrol service to help clean human waste off of the streets that stems from an overwhelming homeless population. Yes… it’s literally a crew that cleans up after people instead of finding ways to get them not to defecate in the streets…
Instead of trying to decriminalize our language, why don’t we push our communities to live within the bounds of the law?
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