San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin and Supervisor Ahsha Safai Respond to Union Square Looting and Vandalism
“I mean it was absolutely shocking,” District 11 supervisor Ahsha Safai said.
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Safai told ABC7 news that one of those arrested Friday night was also arrested in March for possession of firearms.
He says if those responsible are not held to account, organized crime will continue to plague the city.
“We have to make sure that there are consequences for this, and we have to send the message that Union Square is safe, that we want people to come and shop and that we will not tolerate this kind of behavior,” Safai said.
San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin said he was outraged by Friday’s events and that a team is working with the SFPD around the clock.
“We are exploring all possible criminal charges related to driving. We will use all the tools in our tool belt,” Boudin said.
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But it’s not just the immediate Friday night losses that worry city leaders, they tell me the ripple effects are potentially alarming as well.
“If front-line retail workers don’t feel safe, if shoppers don’t feel safe, stores will eventually close. If the stores close, we lose the sales tax, ”Safai said.
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Safai believes this could potentially have a major impact on the city, affecting not only businesses, but everyday residents as well.
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And while critics say Boudin is lenient with crimes like shoplifting, he says to see real change, the inducement must be removed.
“We have to get to the root of the problem. We have to dismantle the closeout operations that make it profitable. And we have to make sure that we don’t limit ourselves to what is happening alone in San Francisco,” Boudin said.
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