SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – District Attorney Chesa Boudin alleged Sunday that it was wrong to blame prosecutors for crimes in the San Francisco neighborhoods and to focus on the police officers’ union and poor crime detection rate, which are reported to the police.
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In an interview with KPIX 5’s Ken Basida, Boudin didn’t mince his words when it came to public perception that he is soft on crime – a belief that has spawned two product recalls demanding his removal from office.
“Come down to the courthouse and see what we do,” he said. “Every day of the week, in every courtroom. You will see my skilled prosecutors handle cases from shoplifting to murder and do so with dignity and integrity and with zeal. “
Boudin said the guilt should be further down the chain of investigation.
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“The reality is that the POA (Police Officers Union) needs someone to point at and this is not a new problem,” he said. “Look, they accused (Vice President) Kamala Harris and attacked her when she was a prosecutor. This is an age old problem in San Francisco because the POA wants to escape without doing its job. They want to get away with allowing their officials to send racist text messages, use excessive force against the community, and systematically violate the civil rights of black and brown drivers on our streets. And I push back and demand that they modernize, reform and respect all members of our community. “
Boudin was also very critical of the San Francisco Police Department’s low rate of case handling.
“To be honest, when it comes to crime, we need to increase the police clearance rates,” he said. “Currently the police arrest only about 10 percent of all reported crimes. There’s no way we can stay out of a problem when the police only solve 10 percent of the crimes reported. “
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“There is no way a prosecutor in this country can successfully prosecute a case if the police don’t arrest them and do a good job of investigating them,” he continued. “As simple as that.”