‘Caught red handed’: S.F. residents fume after cops let man sawing off catalytic converter walk away
That was the message city cops delivered in the pre-dawn hours Tuesday when they responded to a 911 call about a man cutting a catalytic converter from the underbelly of a car. Still, nothing. Heller filed a complaint about the catalytic converter...
No excuse now with the new DA. Time to put the heat on police to step up.
Edit: Ok so I was curious if there was more to this so I went to the Richmond NextDoor since I used to live there. Apparently while the guy wasn't arrested, the police took his info and have said they will alert his probation officer.
Up to you guys to make of that what you will. They may have decided it's not worth detaining the guy when a violation of his probation will do the trick, but that of course involves them actually following up on that.
The case number is 220548557 and can be found here.
Even if something comes out of it, it does pose the question if the person that reported the crime had to go through NextDoor and then give an interview to the Chronicle to actually get something to happen in this case.
It’s a good time to be a thief in San Francisco.
That was the message city cops delivered in the pre-dawn hours Tuesday when they responded to a 911 call about a man cutting a catalytic converter from the underbelly of a car. The officers arrived to find the alleged thief at the scene of the crime, learned he was on probation for a previous theft and then let him walk off, car jack in hand — even giving him directions to the nearest bus stop.
Sgt. Adam Lobsinger, an SFPD spokesperson, confirmed the outlines of the incident. Police from the Richmond station responded to a call about an in-progress theft from a vehicle at 3 a.m. Tuesday, located the suspect, talked to him and the witnesses and ultimately released the man.
Complaints about police inaction have been a common refrain in this column for months. Again and again, residents have reported crimes, only to see police do little or nothing about them.
Despite the swelling complaints, City Hall officials have barely acknowledged them.
Sure, Mayor London Breed and the Board of Supervisors have approved more money to hire officers, raise their salaries and retain them in hopes of filling vacancies and raising morale.
But Breed and Police Chief Bill Scott need to make one thing clearer to officers: If you’re collecting a generous, taxpayer-funded paycheck, you need to do the work.
Police for the past couple of years regularly told residents that making an arrest would do no good because then-District Attorney Chesa Boudin wouldn’t prosecute anyway. Now, he’s been recalled and Breed’s appointee, Brooke Jenkins, is in office. Police who prefer her somewhat tougher approach would be smart to give her good cases so she can do her job.
SFPD have got to be the laziest motherfuckers out there.
I didn’t like Boudin, but SFPD sucks so bad.
Is there no accountability? We are devolving to chaos here.
"San Francisco residents finally realizing that blaoted police budget is a total waste as lazy shitbags continue to not do any job" is a much better headline
This is outrageously stupid and highlights the lengths the cops will go to in order to avoid doing their jobs.
They don’t need definitive proof of a crime in order to make an arrest; they only need “probable cause,” based on the circumstances. The fact that the guy is sawing off a catalytic converter in the middle of the night is probable cause by itself. If he can’t immediately prove that the he owns the car, they should arrest him on the spot. They have eye witnesses and he was caught in the act. That is more than enough probable cause for an arrest, regardless of the computer system outage.
These lazy fucks simply prefer not to do their jobs, and the regular folks who have to pay to replace the stolen catalytic converters and broken windows bear the cost.
Cops these days are just begging to be defunded. They refuse to help or do their jobs now. That time is approaching and I can’t wait for what replaces them.
The problem is the police union!! We need to ban them. The reality is that the average police cost tax payer over $270k a year when you add up all the costs and benefit. After serving as police for just 20 years, you can collect full benefit plus another 30-50% disability which the union will help you fake it. So that means, you can easily retire in your mid 40s with a $270k per year package till your last day.
So, that means you work a cushion job with little for no accountability for 20 years, and then you retire with , packages that totals to over $7 million. So if you are a police, you are not going to do anything other than clocking in and clock out, because doing nothing won’t get you in trouble, but doing your job may get you in trouble or in danger.
This is all about money! Ban police union, require police to carry their own liability insurance, and also they have to be accountable for failure to protect and serve!
The SFPD got what they wanted with the Boudin recall; now we just have a different set of excuses for just letting property crimes go unchallenged. "Sorry our system went down so we couldn't tell whether the guy sawing off the converter actually owned the vehicle." Give me a fucking break.
I think the core issue is that they're just lazy and don't want to do their jobs. The person sitting in the DA's chair doesn't matter. Time to cut their pay, lay off 25% of them, and give some money back to the people who pay taxes for this crap.
That is right where I used to live... One block from 24th and Anza. My Toyota 4Runner had three catalytic converters ripped from it over the course of one year. Cops had no interest in responding.
Asshole thieves kept taking the catalytic converter, I kept filing insurance, got a new catalytic converter, rinse and repeat.
Lack of probable cause? You have a witness statement of the guy under the car with loud noises and an idling Jeep, the police might themselves have seen the Jeep drive off when they arrived, the catalytic converter is half-sawed, this guy is standing there with a jack and on probation for theft. Sure they couldn't run the car's plates right away but if they had brought him in as a suspect they would have been able to confirm that it was stolen shortly afterwards.
What more do they possibly need to qualify for probable cause? This is about as slam dunk of a case as you could hope to be handed.
And cue the SFPD press release where they say they caught some smash and grabbers!
What were the badge numbers/names of the officers? They should become Internet famous.
Man I applaud & respect this resident! Police behavior completely unacceptable. No where for them to hide w/o Chesa to blame. If we all did this than something has to change.
Here is a alternate link for those who find a paywall: https://archive.ph/JasWS
Embarrassing. Stupid excuses too. Computers were down? They didn’t have computers before and somehow policework was accomplished. Too lazy to search the victim car for papers like registration, insurance… newspaper article says windows were down and doors unlocked. Cmoooon
I mean that's not surprising. I've heard the cops have been letting literal gangbangers caught with guns on parole walk, just take the gun.
You have the state doing everything in it's power to reduce prison and jail overcrowding while cops are doing everything to not do arrests as the risk/reward isn't worth it. This creates the broken justice system we see now playing out in the streets.
My Prius cat was stolen. I couldn’t get out the house to confront the guys as I was super sick with Covid and didn’t want to expose my family to it. Or you know, get killed.
I had video of two guys and a flashlight left at the scene. Police never bothered to collect it. Covid meant I couldn’t get to the station. $500 deductible. Plus another few hundred for a security cover.
What really pisses me off are the commercial buyers. Like they don’t know some cunt with a dozen cut off cats isn’t selling stolen goods. Requiring photos of sellers and their IDs and HUGE fines for fencing might cut the head off that snake.
Did you not read the title? The guy had a SAW!!! I wouldn't dare put my precious and fragile police in harm's way. /s
Useless ass cops. Fuck 12. ACAB.
There needs to be a separate agency that takes and dispatches police calls, and then uses that information to then check against police clearance of cases against that call log. If the police clearance rate falls below X amount or crime rates rise above X% year over year the pay department wide starts dropping until it reaches minimum wage.
So what was the point of recalling Boudin? From what I was told SF should be crime free by now with Jenkins.
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