At a press conference on Tuesday, San Francisco Mayor London Breed (D-Calif.) announced several proposals to increase the police department’s enforcement capabilities, crack down on looting, and fight the spread of drugs in the city, ABC News reports.
With the chief of police and other public safety personnel in attendance, Mayor Breed announced that she would introduce legislation to allow police officers greater and more immediate access to surveillance video footage that provides valuable evidence in certain crimes. Another proposal Breed made Tuesday aims to make it harder for looters and shoplifters to resell stolen goods.
In addition, Breed declared that the city would take emergency measures to combat the spread and use of drugs in the city’s Tenderloin neighborhood, one of the most crime-infested areas of the city, where residents have long complained about the violent behavior of drug dealers and other criminals that have often gone unpunished, as well as the streets being littered with needles and human feces.
“What I’m proposing today, and what I will be proposing in the future will make a lot of people uncomfortable,” Breed admitted, “and I don’t care. We are past the point where what we see is even remotely acceptable.” Breed further called for San Francisco to become “less tolerant of all the bullsh** that has destroyed our city.”
The mayor’s announcement was met with mixed reactions in the extremely liberal city, one of the bastions of the “defund the police” movement and other far-left agendas that believe criminal behavior such as drugs and looting should be tolerated.
John Hamasaki, a defense lawyer based in San Francisco, claimed that “the situation in the Tenderloin isn’t ultimately going to be solved through more policing. It seems like we’re doing the same dance over and over and expecting different results.” Hamasaki instead advocated for the opening of a new drug consumption site where addicts can freely indulge in their habits.
But those who have actually experienced the situation in the Tenderloin, such as Randy Shaw, are tentatively supportive of Breed’s new initiative. Shaw, who is the executive director of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic for low-income residents, said that while he was “glad the mayor’s coming out like this…it’s really actions speak louder than words. We heard a lot of commitments, and now we have to make sure they happen.”
Breed’s announcement is the latest blow to the far-left movement to defund and abolish police departments across the country, or, at the very least, severely weaken their power. In the wake of George Floyd’s fentanyl overdose death in police custody last year, and the subsequent race riots all across the country, numerous cities have tried and failed to defund their police departments, only to either fail, or succeed but eventually reverse course after spikes in crime. Most recently, the city of Minneapolis, where Floyd’s accidental death occurred, completely restored the budget of their police department after initially reducing it last year.