Hello 2022! Progressive DA Chesa Boudin recalled by voters in one of nation’s most liberal cities

A notoriously “progressive” prosecutor who repeatedly catered to the interests of criminals over the well-being of his constituents has been recalled.

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, whose reign has been categorized by increasingly rampant crime and terror, often by repeat criminals, suffered a stinging defeat Tuesday as 61 percent of Bay Area voters opted to recall him.

The recall campaign was led by Safer SF Without Boudin, a “Democratic-led diverse coalition of community leaders, small business owners, activists, and parents” who’d accused Boudin of releasing repeat offenders and refusing to prosecute drug dealers, illegal gun possession, domestic violence, and even homicides.

As an example of the latter, the group pointed to the July 5th, 2020 murder of Jerome Mallory, a young black man.

“Police immediately identified four men as suspects for the shooting, and identified the shooting as gang-related. The four suspects were arrested. Boudin refused to file any charges against the suspects, who were immediately released,” a fact sheet produced by the group reads.

“Six weeks later, one of the four suspects, Sincere Pomar, engaged in a gun battle with rival gang members where a pedestrian was struck in the face by a bullet, resulting in Pomar’s arrest for attempted murder.”

After facing eight months of increasing pressure, Boudin finally filed murder and gang charges against two of the suspects.

“However, three weeks later the gang conspiracy charges were dismissed by the District Attorney’s Office, precluding prosecutors from holding both defendants accountable for the murder of Jerome Mallory based on their participation in a gang-motivated shooting and, thus, seriously undermining the prosecutors’ ability to secure justice for the family of Jerome Mallory,” the fact sheet continues.

“District Attorney Chesa Boudin’s reluctance to prosecute the murder of Jerome Mallory allowed two murder suspects to avoid prosecution for eight months; for one to commit another crime of attempted murder; and for both murder suspects to likely avoid accountability for the murder of Jerome Mallory.”

It was a pattern that played out over and over again from the day Boudin assumed office on Jan. 8th, 2020. But it wasn’t just activists complaining — even his own prosecutors found his decision-making to be foul.

“Chesa has a radical approach that involves not charging crime in the first place and simply releasing individuals with no rehabilitation and putting them in positions where they are simply more likely to re-offend,” former Bay Area prosecutor Brooke Jenkins told local station KNTV last October.

Jenkins, a black and Latina woman, made the remark right after she and another prosecutor quit to join the recall effort against their former boss.

“Prosecutors Brooke Jenkins and Don Du Bain tell the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit they have quit their jobs at the San Francisco District Attorney’s office and joined the effort to recall their former boss, District Attorney Chesa Boudin,” KNTV reported.

“They are among at least 51 lawyers at the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office who have either left or been fired since Boudin took office in January 2020, according to documents obtained by the Investigative Unit – that’s about a third of the department’s attorneys now gone,” the outlet continued.

Jenkins is particularly of note because Mallory was her husband’s cousin.

“She said Boudin’s blanket policy bothers her because he touts it as benefiting the Black and Latino communities when the victims of gang crimes are usually Black and Latino — like her husband’s cousin,” the San Francisco Chronicle reported last October.

Incidentally, as Boudin arrived at an “election night event” on Tuesday to celebrate what he thought would be his impending victory, he was surrounded by chanting supporters — the vast majority of them white, not black or brown.

Critics believe Boudin’s defeat is a bellwether not only for the numerous other “progressive” prosecutors across America but for the Democrat Party as a whole.

Even The New York Times admits that his defeat suggests “many” in the Democrat Party, at least on the local level, “are out of step with” voters. This is evidenced in part, the Times notes, by how the city’s entire “Democratic hierarchy” had backed Boudin.

“In February, the Democratic County Central Committee voted 20-2 to oppose the recall of Mr. Boudin. … In addition, only two members of the 11-member Board of Supervisors, the city’s top legislative body, publicly supported removing Mr. Boudin,” the Times notes.

Similarly, many Democrats on the national level remain committed to ideas — abortion until the moment of birth, increased taxes, drag shows for children, racial quotas, etc. — that the vast bulk of the U.S. populace opposes.

In fairness to the party as a whole, most congressional Democrats have at least distanced themselves from the soft on crime, “defund the police” message that they’d touted in 2020.

However, just because they’ve changed their messaging right before a major election doesn’t mean the public necessarily believes them.

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