In July 2020, San Francisco Mayor London Breed (D) announced a plan to defund the police by $120 million and redirect those funds to “disparities in the Black community.” On Tuesday, she announced she was reversing course.
The Daily Caller reports that Breed called for “emergency police intervention” to address the “rising crime and drug problem” in the city.
Interestingly, in her press conference, she decried the “left-wing” policies and “defunding the police efforts,” without mentioning she endorsed those policies and measures 18 months ago.
Multiple reports note how progressive policies have devastated the once-grand city. The California Globe reports that unchecked crime is prompting groups of citizens to hire private security for their neighborhoods.
Breitbart reports that many stores in San Francisco are boarding up their facades, hiring extra security personnel, and closing earlier, with some proprietors leaving town due to out-of-control crime.
Amid mounting pressure, at her Tuesday press conference, Breed said: “It is time that the reign of criminals who are destroying our city … comes to an end. It comes to an end when we take the steps to be more aggressive with law enforcement, more aggressive with the changes in our policies and less tolerant of all the bullshit that has destroyed our city. We are going to turn this around.”
San Francisco’s CBS Local News reports that “Breed’s anger and frustration over the crime surge in the city were on full display at her noon news conference.”
Breed announced new initiatives targeting:
- The Tenderloin District;
- Securing emergency police funding for needed resources;
- Amending the city’s surveillance ordinance so law enforcement can interrupt crime in real-time; and
- Disrupting the illegal street sales of stolen goods.
A tweet from the SFPD’s Tenderloin Police Station indicated that progress is already being made. The tweet announced that in the past week, officers have seized “nearly a kilo of drugs — more than half of which (over 600 grams) was fentanyl — and [arrested] 17 suspected drug dealers.”
Some wonder if her efforts will be sufficient to stem the tide of rising crime. Others scoff, claiming the current problems result from policies she pushed through in the past.
Breed takes no responsibility for her policies, saying only: “At the end of the day, the safety of the people of San Francisco is the most important thing to me. We are past the point where what we see is even remotely acceptable.”
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