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Violence, Drugs, Robbery: Why San Francisco Fired the City's Attorney

Chesa Boudin, former progressive attorney general of San Francisco, United States, was removed from office after a referendum. Even though it is a leftist district, 60% of the electorate voted for the dismissal of the prosecutor this Tuesday (8).

Boudin has 60 years and was elected in 2019. The population asked for the referendum complaining that crime and poverty have increased in the city that was once a reference in quality of life in the country.

After the results were announced, Chesa Boudin said that “people are angry and frustrated” and blamed “right-wing billionaires” for creating the referendum in the face of popular dissatisfaction.

Police underfunding

Especially after the death of George Floyd, in Minneapolis, in 2020, with protests in the United States and around the world, Boudin acted for defunding the police, as well as prosecuting as few crimes as possible and releasing criminals.

Even after San Francisco’s Democrat London Breed changed her mind and reversed her decision to withdraw funds from the police, in an attempt to control robberies and homicides in the city, it was already too late.

According to the American newspaper The Washington Post, last year homicides in San Francisco had jumped m 36% compared to 2019.

In 2021, 1981 people were injured or killed by armed violence in the city, against 2019 in 2019. In addition, vehicle theft increased 36%, fires increased 36 % and thefts increased % in two years.

History of the ex-prosecutor

Chesa Boudin’s worldview comes from birth. He is the son of Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert, members of the Weather Underground, a radical and militant Marxist organization. The two were in the getaway car after an armed robbery in New York, in which a guard and two police officers died, in 1981.

As soon as his parents were arrested, Chesa, who was only one year old, was raised by the founders of the Weather Underground movement, the radicals Bill Ayres and Bernadine Dohrn.

In his youth, Chesa Boudin lived in Venezuela, where he worked as a translator for the dictator Hugo Chávez. He then studied law at Yale University, before working for two judges and starting his career at the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office.

Boudin was elected in 2020 , largely thanks to campaigns funded by billionaire George Soros. The now ex-prosecutor promised to end mass arrests and cash bail, review alleged wrongful convictions and prosecute police misconduct.

The former prosecutor also raised the flag that the criminal justice is systematically racist and that the only way to reverse this situation is to deconstruct the very structure of justice.

Other prosecutors are in the crosshairs

“Democrats, Republicans and independents gathered in San Francisco and chose public safety over politics and rogue and radical criminal justice. Chesa Boudin’s reign is over,” celebrated Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Hatami.

Hatami took the opportunity to recall that Los Angeles Attorney General George Gascon, aligned with Boudin, can also be removed. Other names are in the crosshairs of the American population for a possible recall due to lenient policies and flaws in the face of crime, such as Larry Krasner (Philadelphia), Kim Foxx (Chicago) and Kimberly Gardner (St. Louis) – also Soros’ goddaughter.

It is up to the mayor of San Francisco to appoint another attorney until the elections that take place in November. We can expect, for the next votes, voters more aware of the need to fight crime.

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