Which brings us to the case of Chesa Boudin, the district attorney of San Francisco who's effectively legalized shoplifting in the name of "criminal justice reform." He's prompted massive store closures with ugly videos of broad daylight robberies on large and small stores. Boudin's refusal to prosecute has turned San Francisco into another socialist crime-pit, Caracas. And now, like his mentor Hugo Chavez, he's facing a voter recall.
Which seems to be concentrating his mind given that he's suddenly changing his tune -- and comically enough, fooling no one.
Here's his tweet condemning the brazen open-air robbery on the Louis Vuitton boutique on tony Union Square:
I'm outraged by the looting in Union Square last night. We are seeing similar crimes across the country. I have a simple message: don't bring that noise to our City.
In that raid, organized criminals smashed and grabbed virtually all the merchandise and left the shop a ruin.
Apparently they attacked other tony boutiques, too, picking them clean. Police arrived and arrested the last few coming out the door but local news reports that most of them got away:
To return to Chesa's tweet, well, that doesn't sound like the Chesa we know, perpetually blaming poverty and racism for this kind of crime, yakking on about "ending incarceration" and the "prison industrial complex." He does his part to advance "social justice" by refusing to prosecute perpetrators. What's happened, though, is that small perpetrators have grown into monsters, organized thievery rings, and they are expanding operations. Around the time Union Square was emptied out, organized thieves targeted the Walnut Creek Nordstrom, which, since I've shopped there myself, know that it's an easy BART trip away.
Here's the other thing: Boudin has up until now stated that he's letting the little guys go so he can focus on taking down the big guys, the organized crime rings, kind of the same way Joe Biden says his ICE will take down only organized human smuggling rings and ignore individual illegals.
How's that going? Seems the organized rings have grown more bold and powerful based on this policy, very comparable to the leftists who refuse to recognize the wisdom of the "broken window policy," which brooks no small crimes because doing so fosters big ones. Rudy Giuliani, who cleaned up New York in the 1990s proved that flawlessly.
Now with the recall on, there's the sorry specter of Chesa trying to change his tune, quite unsuccessfully, showing no recognition for his role in the catastrophe. That's led to a full blown ratio of sarcasm, cynicism, incredulousness and sheer loathing from Twitterati. Here's a sample:
1/ This is the stupidity of the tweet. You make it seem like you just discover there is looting in SF. It’s been there for a long time now and enhanced by your embrace of shoplifting and terrible prosecutorial record. You’re outraged? Really? How many shoplifters have you …
"When we pay too little attention to the underlying causes and characteristics of individuals in the criminal justice system, we make significant errors, which can lead to greater problems," Milwaukee County district attorney John Chisholm wrote in a 2019 paper about criminal justice reform.
That was before Chisholm conceded Monday that he had set an "inappropriately low" bail amount earlier this month when Darrell Edward Brooks Jr., the lead suspect in Sunday's deadly car rampage in Waukesha, Wis., was arrested for domestic abuse and eluding police. Chisholm has been a leading figure among "progressive prosecutors," leftwing lawmen who favor diversionary programs and community-building to locking up criminal defendants.
His handling of the Brooks case is already sparking blowback to their growing influence over the justice system, much of which has been boosted by financial contributions from the leftwing billionaire George Soros.
Chisholm, who was elected in 2007, supports deferrals for some misdemeanors and "low-level" felonies in order to cut down on incarcerations. And he's taken credit for inspiring a new wave of prosecutors in cities like San Francisco, St. Louis, and Philadelphia who have enacted similar reforms. Chisholm congratulated San Francisco district attorney Chesa Boudin following his election in 2019, and the pair spoke at a forum earlier this year on the status of the progressive prosecutor movement.
Chisholm and other progressives support reforms to the cash-bail system, which they say criminalizes poverty. He has acknowledged that his reform-minded approach could put murderers back on the streets of Milwaukee.
"Is there going to be an individual I divert, or I put into [a] treatment program, who's going to go out and kill somebody?" he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 2007. "You bet. Guaranteed. It's guaranteed to happen. It does not invalidate the overall approach."
The Milwaukee DA said his office recommended $1,000 bail for Brooks following his arrest on Nov. 5 on charges that he punched his girlfriend in the face and hit her with his vehicle in a gas station parking lot. The woman is identified only by her initials in court papers, which indicate they have a child together. Brooks was also charged with eluding police officers when they arrived to take him into custody.