'These are not petty thefts': Nine face felony charges in organized retail thefts in San Francisco
San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced that felony charges were brought against nine people in connection with organized retail crimes in Union Square on Friday.
"Both the mayor and police chief agree that there needs to be consequences to breaking the law in efforts to deter criminals."
Good place to start!
Really sick of the term "petty" being left at that. It's most often anything but petty to the victims. And yet, the people paid to prosecute petty theft do nothing to protect middle or working class people.
"because if they were petty thefts, I wouldn't be prosecuting them!"
Rob or terrorize homeowners, no big deal. Rob from a luxury store, bring down the full weight of the law. What a city.
Chesa is always touting his 'charges' but won't release the stats on convictions/resolutions (the actual consequences). [to quote Seinfeld, 'Anyone can 'take' a reservation, it's holding the reservation that matters.] I think there's a 40% dismissal rate (explains why Judge Chan (uber progressive judge and former public defender) ripped Chesa a new one on the record re: managing the office) and the prosecutors who left and joined the recall said he's giving away cases for misdemeanors.
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