Democratic San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins pledged in a Friday Bloomberg interview to punish the city’s criminals for their actions, admitting that the city had been plagued with lawlessness.
Jenkins vocally championed reform District Attorney Chesa Boudin’s expulsion from office earlier this year, replacing him on an interim basis and ultimately winning the election in November.
She told Bloomberg’s Karen Breslau in the interview that she thought San Francisco had reached a “lawless” level under Boudin’s watch, advocating for imposing consequences on those who commit crimes to deter further criminality and protect the city’s economic engine.
“I certainly do think we reached that point where we all felt, as residents, as business owners, that it was lawless here,” Jenkins said. “I am doing everything, along with the San Francisco Police Department, amongst others, the Mayor’s Office, and everybody else, to correct that problem, and I do believe, for the past four months, we’ve been on a path to changing that, and to changing it quickly.”
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San Francisco had a higher violent crime rate than New York City in 2020, according to statistics cited by the San Francisco Chronicle.
Democratic New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said in an early November MSNBC interview that New York City “will never be San Francisco” in the area of crime, and a June WalletHub survey ranked San Francisco the second “worst-run” of America’s 150 most populated cities.
“I’ve said, and I’ve made it very clear, all crime is illegal again in San Francisco,” Jenkins stated in a recent interview. “We can’t sit by and allow businesses to feel the need to move to other states because crime is too much of a problem, not only for their business bottom line but also for their workers, who need to be able to come safely to work.”
Jenkins argued that the district attorney’s office before her had “effectively decriminalized drug sales in San Francisco, and quite frankly also drug use.” She said authorities must enforce city and county laws.
“We shouldn’t be seeing blocks with 30 people dealing fentanyl and act like that is normal,” Jenkins stated.