“San Francisco…out of the frying pan and into the fire. Look who Dr. Frankenstein brought home for dinner!”
Newly elected San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin grabbed headlines earlier this week after saying he would not prosecute “quality-of-life” crimes including public urination — but that’s only part of what’s on the agenda for the 39-year-old former public defender with a past that’s radical even by California standards.
Boudin was raised by Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, notorious former leaders of the Weather Underground domestic terror group, and formerly worked for the late socialist president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez.
His campaign was fiercely opposed by the local police union, which reportedly spent more than $650,000 to counter his candidacy. Law enforcement officials have warned about the message being sent by his platform as the new top prosecutor rails against the criminal justice system he’s been elected to lead.
“The criminal justice system isn’t just massive and brutal, it’s also racist,” Boudin says on his campaign website. “It’s a shocking set of statistics, building on centuries of systemic racism beginning with slavery and moving through Jim Crow, housing policy, and the Drug War.”
Boudin won a close vote last week after days of counting, defeating interim DA Suzy Loftus in a campaign that was backed by high-profile progressives across the country. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders; Cook County, Ill., State’s Attorney Kim Foxx – who drew controversy for dropping charges of faking a hate crime against actor Jussie Smollett – Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner; and Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King are among his supporters.
Neither Boudin nor King’s Real Justice PAC, which endorsed Boudin, responded to requests for comment for this report.
“By fighting tirelessly for a more just criminal justice system, Chesa has earned the trust of his clients, his community, and his colleagues,” King says in a statement on the Real Justice PAC website. “Chesa is the right candidate at the right moment to transform the justice system in San Francisco, and make the city safer and more just for everyone who lives and works there.”
However, Boudin’s policies have concerned members of his community, which is facing a growing homelessness crisis. His platform includes allowing “immigration-safe” plea deals to prevent the deportation of illegal immigrants, requiring prosecutors to write a “racial impact statement” in each case they pursue and ending policies that increase the sentences for crimes committed by gang members.
“For him to just blanketly say he’s not going to hold people accountable for their actions, it goes against the basic tenet[s] of a strong society — and that’s be kind to each other and be accountable for your actions,” San Francisco Police Officer’s Association President Tony Montoya told Fox News.