Pres. of San Fran Police Officers Association Warns New District Attorney Will Make Homeless Crisis Worse
In an interview with Fox News, Tony Montoya, the President of San Francisco Police Officers Association, warned the new district attorney’s pledge not to prosecute public urination and other quality of life crimes is “very concerning.”
San Francisco’s newly elected DA Chesa Boudin announced, “We will not prosecute cases involving quality-of-life crimes. 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.”
Boudin also promised to stop taking first-offense drunk drivers to trial as long as they didn’t injure anyone.
Montoya says Boudin’s pledges will makes police officers’ jobs even more difficult and might “exasperate the situation they already have on hand.” He said that the new DA has essentially decriminalized prostitution in San Francisco, which means other crimes associated with sex trafficking will increase such as drug trafficking, assault, sexual assault, and robbery.
“You know, we’re just going to be able to allow these predators to be able to prey on the most vulnerable women and children and force them into sexual slavery-type stuff,” Montoya said
“You know, my members go out there every single day, put their lives on the line. You know, we interface with the homeless, mentally ill, drug addicts every day,” Montoya said. “We approach them with sympathy and compassion. But, for him to just blithely say he’s not going to hold people accountable for their actions, it goes against the basic tenets of a strong society.”
The San Francisco Chronicle reported the homeless count for 2019 was 9,784 persons– 30 percent higher than the previous report in 2017.