After seeing Walgreens theft video, San Fran cop says, “I’m used to it, it’s been going on for quite a while”

SAN FRANCISCO, CA- On Wednesday, June 16th, San Francisco Police Lieutenant (Lt.) Tracy McCray appeared on Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom” and stated that she is “used” to shoplifters stealing with zero consequences for their criminal behavior.

McCray, who is also the vice president of the San Francisco Police Officers Association, was referring to a Walgreens video that showed a man stealing items from the store without being stopped. McCray said:

“What happened in that Walgreens has been going on in the city for quite a while. I’m used to it. I mean, we can have a greatest hits compilation of people just walking in and cleaning out the store shelves and security guards, the people who work there just standing by helplessly because they can’t do anything.”

The San Francisco Police Officers Association (SFPOA) blames District Attorney Chesa Boudin’s policies for enabling this type of criminal behavior.

The New York Post reported that the police and prosecutors are at odds over Proposition 47, a 2014 referendum that lowered the penalty for stealing goods worth less than $950 from a felony to a misdemeanor. McCray said that this law only emboldens criminals. She said:

“If you steal below $950, you get a citation and you just get to walk away and if you don’t show up to court, guess what? Maybe you get a bench warrant or maybe they even toss that before it even gets to that point.”

McCray added:

“Anybody can come in and do whatever they want.”

Tony Montoya, president of the SFPOA, said in a statement:

“This brazen criminal behavior is endured every single day by San Franciscans and it is the direct result of District Attorney Chesa Boudin and his enablers’ criminals-first agenda.”

Feeling threatened by that statement, Boudin fired back in an interview with KPIX-TV, claiming it is the police who need to “do more.” He said:

“There is no way that any prosecutor in this country can successfully prosecute a case if police don’t make an arrest and do a good job investigating it. It’s that simple.”

Statistics show that San Francisco police have struggled to make arrests in theft cases in the years since Proposition 47 was passed. To compare, the New York Police Department (NYPD) closed more than four times the number of larceny cases in 2020. 

The dispute over the driving force behind shoplifting in San Francisco continues on. In May, city Supervisor Ahsha Safai held a hearing over the issue, highlight the store closures. Safai said:

“17 Walgreens over the last five years, almost every Gap retailer outlet is gone, CVS is under assault.”

Safai added:

“It might even involve a more aggressive effort when it comes to surveillance cameras because you see the same individual hitting multiple locations. Then you can begin to have deeper conversations about bringing multiple charges or aggregate charges against that individual and really start to break this up.”

Walgreens officials stated that shoplifting at their 53 remaining outlets in the city see four times more theft than their other U.S. stores.

At the hearing, Jason Cunningham, regional vice president for pharmacy and retail operations in California and Hawaii said that stores in San Francisco also spend 35 times more on security than elsewhere in the country.

In 2019, Fox News reported that San Francisco had the highest rate of property crimes among the country’s 20 largest cities, including shoplifting. Organized crime rings are suspected of running shoplifting rings. 

The Public Policy Institute of California compiled numbers showing that San Francisco has the lowest arrest rate of any police department in California. In response, San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said:

“That answer does speak to staffing. I mean it’s direct and this is not an excuse, this is a reality. In order for us to be at these locations when these things happen, the officers have to have time to be there.”

In 1994, voters passed Proposition D, which mandated that there be 1,971 full duty officers. San Francisco has never reached that goal. Montoya said:

“With retirement and people leaving, it could take upward of a decade to recover.”

In 2020, the Board of Supervisors made changes to the police department’s budget, which resulted in police academy classes being cut. This time, the mayor is proposing an increase in their budget and has urged supervisors to support it. Mayor London Breed said in a statement:

“Don’t come out in solidarity to support a community and then cut away the kinds of solution that will help address those challenges. This is a community that wants more and we need to do better by them.”

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Far-left San Francisco is experiencing a city-protected shoplifting surge that’s putting stores out of business

May 27th, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO, CA– In a recent New York Times article, journalist Thomas Fuller discusses the absurd amount of shoplifting taking place, and the negative impact it is having on businesses in San Francisco. 

In his article, Fuller says that shortly after moving to the city, he said to a grocery clerk “I’m new to San Francisco, is it optional to pay for things here?”

While that may sound like a ridiculous question to ask a store clerk, it is not without reason. As Fuller explains in his new article, he was genuinely curious what was going on after he witnessed people walk into Walgreens and Safeway, grab stuff, and walk out without paying.

Fuller also notes that the problem has gotten much worse over the last five years that he has been there, and as a result, some of these businesses have been forced to close their doors. 

Fuller reports:

“Representatives from Walgreens said that thefts at its stores in San Francisco were four times the chain’s national average, and that it had closed 17 stores, largely because the scale of thefts had made business untenable,”

Fuller reported that Brendan Dugan, the director of the retail crime division at CVS Health, called San Francisco “one of the epicenters of organized retail crime” and said employees were instructed not to pursue suspected thieves because encounters had become too dangerous.

Dugan said:

“We’ve had incidents where our security officers are assaulted on a pretty regular basis in San Francisco,” 

The question now becomes, why is this happening, and what has changed that has allowed this to take place. 

In addition to the struggling economy, and the loss of jobs due to the pandemic, in 2014, a ballot referendum passed that downgraded the theft of property less than $950 in value from a felony charge to a misdemeanor. In the years since, enforcement of shoplifting charges has waned significantly, FEE reported.

Ahsha Safaí, a local politician commented on the shoplifting, saying:

“It has become part of the landscape,”

Safaí went on to say:

“People say, ‘Oh, well, that just happens. [Thieves] are obviously choosing locales based on what the consequences are. there are no consequences for their actions, then you invite the behavior. Over and over.”

These are not just random or sporadic incidents taking place, and they are also not just happening in San Francisco.

One study found that in Santa Monica, California, crimes unaffected by the ballot referendum fell by 9 percent but those that were downgraded increased 15 percent. Another analysis found that statewide, larceny thefts increased 9 percent after the 2014 change.

As FEE notes, many different factors impact crime rates, but when the government fails to protect property rights and enforce the law, theft becomes more common and innocent business owners are victimized.

The resulting economic uncertainty discourages growth and, in extreme cases like San Francisco, literally leads stores to close. 

It is quite interesting to note that San Francisco was one of the many police departments across the country that was defunded to appease the labral cries.

So while blatant crimes are taking place on the regular, and forcing the shut down of businesses, San Francisco took their only resource to help the problem, and suppressed it even more. 

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Soros-funded DA drops charges against suspect who assaulted elderly woman in police-defunded San Francisco

May 24, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO, CA- This is going to end well…defund the police and stop prosecuting criminals.

Is it any wonder why violent crime is out of control in Democratic run cities? The latest outrage comes to us from San Francisco, where prosecutors have dropped felony charges against one of the suspects in a violent carjacking attempt which left a 75-year-old woman injured last March.

ABC-7 reported they were told by sources that the district attorney’s office, headed by far-left Soros-funded acolyte Chesa Boudin had charges against a juvenile, a 16-year-old girl in the case dismissed.

The victim responded to the news while speaking through her son, and a Good Samaritan who came to her aid is also outraged by the development.

“This is cut and dry. I watched them beat this old woman and drop her across the concrete,” the Good Samaritan, who doesn’t want to be identified said.

He told ABC-7 he saw the woman walking to her car at a Richmond District Safeway store when she was accosted, grabbed by the hair and dragged across the pavement in an attempted carjacking in broad daylight.

“I just punched through the back window and it was loud. Loud enough and kind of scary enough to freak them out,” he told the station back in March when the incident happened.

Both the victim, as well as the Good Samaritan were treated for minor injuries by first responders, according to SFiST.com.

Police say multiple individuals were involved in the assault, including one minor who was arrested shortly after the incident and was charged with robbery, elder abuse, aggravated assault and conspiracy.

However, Lim found out that Boudin’s office had dropped all charges for the minor, using the totally bogus claim that there was a lack of DNA evidence, which is a crock.

There appeared to be copious other available evidence, yet that doesn’t meet Boudin’s progressive leftist agenda. When he found out the charges had been dismissed, the Good Samaritan became incensed.

“I really put myself in a position where I could have lost my life…I would have hoped we could have seen some kind of justice,” he said.

The victim was also incensed.

“That is truly pathetic. Give a bunch of thieves some gloves and let them loose to do whatever they want and to enjoy stolen money,” she said through her son.

Lim said he reached out to Boudin’s office to get an explanation on why the charges were dropped. Boudin’s director of communications, Rachel Marshall responded that the office was “legally prohibited from discussing anything related to a juvenile case,” while cautioning that shouldn’t be “interpreted as confirming or denying anything about the case status.” She apparently follows the Jen Psaki school of not answering questions.

However Lim said that multiple “high-level” sources confirmed that Boudin’s office dropped the charges.

In fact, the source within Boudin’s office described the move to drop charges against the juvenile “illogical” due to the presence of substantial condemning evidence, including surveillance video taken from multiple angles and witness accounts, which included that of the Good Samaritan.

“I believe in restorative justice and I understand Chesa [Boudin} has a model but…his way of going about it is not working,” the Good Samaritan said.

ABC-7 said they reached out to Marshall to find out the status of the other suspects, who are not minors but as of publication had not received a response.

As with neo-Marxist left-wing Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon, Boudin is also subject to a recall petition. SFiST reported a second group has come forth in an attempt to recall Boudin.

San Franciscans for Public Safety Coalition is a “broad-based coalition of San Francisco community, neighborhood and small business leaders” who have formed in order to work on getting Boudin recalled, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The original recall group, Recall Chesa Boudin is led by a local Republican commentator and former mayoral candidate Richie Greenberg, along with tech investors David Sacks and Cyan Bannister.

Both groups will need to gather 51,325 signatures by August 11 in order to get the recall petition put on the ballot. Currently, the groups are far short of that number.

As in much of the country, San Francisco has also seen a spike in anti-Asian crime, along with some bold daytime robberies which is contributing to the perception that San Francisco is turning into Beirut.

In fact, one reporter from KPIX has been mugged at gunpoint twice in recent months, and had his cameraman’s camera stolen both times. The camera was subsequently recovered, police said.

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