San Francisco prosecutors quit progressive DA Chesa Boudin’s office, join recall effort

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At least 50 attorneys have been fired or left since Boudin took over as district attorney

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Two San Francisco prosecutors have quit their jobs at a progressive prosecutor’s district attorney’s office and join an effort to recall him.

Prosecutors Brooke Jenkins and Don Du Bain told KNTV they have resigned from their positions in the office of San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin because of their lack of commitment to prosecuting the crimes.

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“Chesa has a radical approach that includes not being charged with a crime in the first place and releasing unrehabilitated individuals and placing them in positions where they are more likely to commit crimes again,” Jenkins said in the interview. “As an African American and Latino woman, I wholeheartedly agree that the criminal justice system needs a lot of work, but when you’re a district attorney, your job is to strike a balance.”

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Du Bain said that he believes Boudin “disregards laws he doesn’t like, and he disregards court decisions that he doesn’t like to enforce his own version of what he believes.” – And it is not the job of the district. Lawyer.”

The office was going in such a wrong direction that the best thing I could do was to get involved in the effort to recall Chassa Boudin as district attorney,” Du Bain said.

Jenkins and Du Bain were among at least 50 lawyers in Boudin’s office who have stepped down or been fired since becoming district attorneys in January 2020, representing nearly a third of the department’s attorneys.

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A second recall effort has been launched against Boudin, showing how residents are “fed up” by his progressive policies, as the streets are open-air by reducing prison funding and refusing to prosecute repeat offenders. persist. drug dealing and violent crime is now spreading to the suburbs, a leader of prominent local police union said Granthshala News.

“Police are bad people, and bad people are good people in the mind of a progressive,” said Tony Montoya, president of the San Francisco Police Officers Association. “Chesa is good at the blame game. We’re going to call him Mr. Deflector because he always points the finger to the left or right and never at the man in the mirror.”

With an increase in open-air drug markets and homelessness, daylight shoplifting, residential and commercial burglaries, shootings and other violent crimes, citizens have begun to “wake up to the reality of what is now their form of public safety and crime.” It’s become a nightmare. Goes on,” Montoya said.

Montoya said the police union was not involved in organizing the first failed recall attempt, which ultimately failed.

Addressing two remembrance efforts during his tenure, Boudin participated in a national organizing call for the campaign group “Our Revolution”, which was advertised as “a celebration of 5 years of the election of progressive champions from coast to coast”. it was done. Referring to how both his parents were growing up, Boudin argued that America’s approach to mass incarceration was not rehabilitating people.

“As District Attorney of San Francisco, I have worked tirelessly from day one to fulfill the promises I made to all of you and the people of San Francisco,” Boudin said. “It’s following up on the promises we made, holding corporations accountable, holding police accountable, reducing our reliance on incarceration and instead diversion, mental health treatment, and keeping families together.” is prioritizing that I am able to follow through on my commitments to those who chose me.”

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin speaking to reporters in January 2020.

Boudin drew criticism earlier this year when a paroleer killed two pedestrians after running a red light in a stolen car on the streets due to the actions of his office.

Police say 45-year-old Troy McAllister was drunk when he ran a red light in a stolen car, killing 60-year-old Elizabeth Platt and 27-year-old Hanako Abe. The San Francisco Police Officers Association says a plea agreement for a robbery freed McAllister on parole in April and that Boudin’s office failed to prosecute McAllister after several arrests, including one for alleged car theft. Including December 20.

A spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation told The Associated Press that McAlister has been incarcerated several times in state prisons. In April 2020, he was sentenced to five years in San Francisco County for second-degree robbery and released on parole to serve time.

Boudin has defended his choice of office, saying that accusing McAllister of a new, nonviolent crime does not necessarily put the serial criminal behind bars. He instead blamed law enforcement agencies, saying they could have acted differently to avoid “a terrible and devastating tragedy”, but vowed to make “substantial changes” in his office.

Du Bain said that in one specific case, he was ordered to request a more lenient sentence for the man convicted of shooting his girlfriend by Boudin. Du Bain believed this was a violation of a state statute and withdrew from the case in protest.

“I’ve had 136 jury trials in my career – never, never withdrew from a case before,” Du Beno said. “I’ve seen decisions made in this office over the past year, as well, since Chesa took office, which have shaken my conscience—and I’ve been a prosecutor for 30 years.”

Boudin’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Granthshala News.

Granthshala News’s Danielle Wallace and Bradford Betz contributed to this report


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