I guess you could say this description of his parents is truthful. They were involved in crimes that ended with three men dying. That much is true.
I imagine it’s politically expedient to omit the fact the three men killed were two police officers and an armored truck guard.
I do my best to avoid politics, but I can’t control the fact District Attorney’s are elected officials and their elections relate closely to law enforcement. Lord knows we have enough of the political dumpster fire in our faces on the rest of the interwebs, so for that, I apologize.
That being said, I kept hearing about this District Attorney being elected whose parents were convicted cop killers. Realizing you can’t pick your parents, I still had to look into this guy for myself. I did research. I read his campaign page. I read his plan and his vision for the future of San Francisco as it pertains to “justice” as he sees it. I will admit, some things he says make sense. Others are just radical and make criminals to be victims of an alleged predatory system, not criminals who chose to break the law. He even refers to himself as a victim because of who his parents were, convicted felons involved in the death of three men. I suppose that’s debatable, yet his parents being cop killers didn’t keep him from attending schools like Yale and Oxford.
I hope I’m wrong in my skepticism of Mr. Boudin. I hope this guy somehow manages to turn around a city currently and widely known for unabated public drug use, fecal matter strewn about the streets, a homeless population that has ballooned to epidemic levels, and an overall crappy quality of life. I won’t even get into the cost of living aspect. Not entirely something a District Attorney can control. Boudin has stated his office will NOT prosecute “quality of life” crimes like public urination, sleeping in public, and prostitution. Odd considering “quality of life” issues are the most obvious issues plaguing San Francisco.
I don’t claim to have all the solutions. I’m just one opinion of many. I don’t see how this guy’s agenda is going to be good for a city already known for poop in the streets and a horrible, unaffordable quality of life. Color me skeptical. I guess that’s what being in law enforcement gets me.
Also, let me pause to say I don’t think he’s automatically a bad candidate or person because of what his parents did. He was merely 14 months old when that tragedy took place. I take issue with his positions and ideas. Positions and ideas I believe will not only fail, they’ll push San Francisco further into the horrible quality of life void it is already in and likely cause crime to increase, not decrease.
Boudin wants to end mass incarceration, citing the fact 2/3rds of offenders end up back in prison.
Well unless this guy can change things like hiring standards and the liability and general resistance of employers hiring felons, I guess he has his work cut out for him.
Clearly recidivism is an issue. How do we change how felons are viewed? How do we change the fact many felons are viewed as “unemployable” because they are felons? I guess this District Attorney will help keep them from ever being convicted in the first place, so that’s a start.
Oddly enough, his campaign page says he wants to hold 100% of first time DUI offenders accountable, while also shifting focus to violent crimes. Sort of contradicting but okay. What I gather and assume from his campaign page, is if you’re arrested for DUI in San Francisco, you’ll be held accountable with a plea deal of some sort. Not exactly a new idea. Getting a fine counts in his book as “being held accountable” and better than wasting time in a trial setting. I get it, it’s a low level crime that takes up a lot of court time and resources. I’m sure people who’ve lost loved ones to drunk driving would see it differently, but hey, this guy was elected, the voters spoke.
I’ve been to San Francisco within the last couple years. I saw people smoking crack on sidewalks at 9 a.m. with my own eyes. It’s not fake news or a fairy tale told by people who don’t like California.
If this guy wants to wage war on police, the bond system, and mass incarceration instead of criminality itself, I wish him the best of luck.
I hope he does manage to get more mental health resources for the city. After witnessing the guy standing outside our hotel at 4 a.m. screaming gibberish and random racial slurs when we were visiting, I’d agree mental health resources are needed, like in most major cities across the country.
Like I said at the beginning of this post, I hope I’m wrong. I hope Boudin fixes San Francisco by eliminating the cash bail system, mass incarceration, and the rest of his progressive agenda.
As they said in the movie Dodgeball, “It’s a bold move Cotton, let’s see if it pays off.”
Only time will tell, but I’m not holding my breath. California voted and they voted for more pee in the streets, a blind eye to minor crimes, and a District Attorney that views police as an adversary.
Good luck San Francisco, you’re going to need it.
The Officer Next Door