The new DA who has never prosecuted a case was an attorney and former public defender named Chesa Boudin, who last month vowed in an interview with The San Francisco Chronicle, if elected he would not prosecute quality of life issues.
“We will not prosecute cases involving quality-of-life crimes,” he said. “Crimes such as public camping, offering or soliciting sex, public urination, blocking a sidewalk, etc., should not and will not be prosecuted. Many of these crimes are still being prosecuted; we have a long way to go to decriminalize poverty and homelessness.”
Perhaps this is the moment where we should pause and take a step back and discover who Chesa Boudin is, and how he views society in general before we continue any further.
Boudin was named Chesa by his parents, Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert, to honor a convicted murderer named Joanne Chesimard.
Chesimard was a domestic terrorist in the ’70s and one of the leaders of the Black Liberation Army, responsible for the assassination of at least 6-police officers.
She renamed herself Assata Shakur, and somehow managed to escape from prison in 1979, and ended up in Cuba, where she resides today.
Boudin’s parents took part in at least several dozen bombings as domestic terrorists under the banner of the “Weatherman” and declaring they were at war with the United States.
Boudin was later adopted by the former leaders of the Weathermen, Bernardine Dohrn, and Bill Ayers after his own parents left him with a babysitter while they took part in the robbery of a Brinks armored car, which claimed the lives of three individuals.
The newly elected DA was just 14 months old when his parents were sent to prison. His biological father is still alive and serving time.
Back to the present, the condition of San Francisco’s streets has been a source of embarrassment to city leaders, and cleaning up is not cheap. The city received nearly 27,000 requests for feces removal in the most recent fiscal year, although not all are human.
Mayor London Breed last year announced the formation of a special six-person “poop patrol” team where each cleaner earns more than $70,000 a year.
However, Boudin’s unconventional personal history should indeed be a sobering reminder to all voters within the Bay City. As the cities new DA Boudin comes to that office carrying a lot of baggage, regardless of whether his decisions play a role because of his background.
It’s a risk that may eventually have deadly consequences for voters.