Boudin entered the race as an underdog and captured voters’ attention with his extraordinary life story: He was 14 months old when his parents, who were members of the far-left Weather Underground, dropped him off with a babysitter and took part in an armored car robbery in upstate New York that left two police officers and a security guard dead.
His mother, Kathy Boudin, served 22 years behind bars. His father, David Gilbert, may spend the rest of his life in prison.
“Growing up, I had to go through a metal detector and steel gates just to give my parents a hug,” Boudin said in his campaign video.
Chesa has long fought the RACIST policies which put more blacks in jail
‘The criminal justice system is RACIST. That’s true across the country, and it’s true in San Francisco. Even though African Americans make up at most 5% of San Francisco’s population, they make up about 50% of the people in San Francisco’s jails. According to data from the US Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics, the incarceration rate for Black San Franciscans is almost ten times the rate for all San Franciscans.” – Chesa Boudin
What could be causing blacks to get incarcerated TEN TIMES MORE than the average San Franciscan? RACISM and plenty of it according to Boudin who has VOWED TO END IT!
Boudin has also ENDED the cash bail policy.
Instead of asking judges to set cash bail as a condition of a defendant’s release before trial, Boudin’s office will instead proffer a “risk assessment” as to whether or not a defendant is likely to abscond or pose a threat to public safety. The abolition of bail was one of Boudin’s main promises during his campaign for D.A. last year, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
He has been central to de-criminalize THEFT and Property crimes, anything under $1000 is free game in the city of love. Spray painting ya gang tags? It’s not a big deal. Kidnapping and rape? Is she worth more than $1000 bucks? Not really? It probably doesn’t matter. Following Oakland in not pursuing “grievance” crimes, Chesa has left many store owners helpless as half their inventory walks out the door.
“The other day a man came in and carried away all our steak and lobster. There was nothing anyone could do, it’s under $1000 bucks” said Tray Devonshire who has lived and run a grocery in San Francisco for fifty years.
He said that as one of the dozens of people whose lives were shattered by the deadly robbery in 1981, he experienced first-hand the destructive effects of mass incarceration and it motivated him to reform the nation’s broken criminal justice system.
He was raised in Chicago by Weather Underground leaders Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn before studying law at Yale University. He later won a Rhodes Scholarship and worked as a translator for Venezuela’s late President Hugo Chavez before coming to San Francisco.
He remained close to his parents and posted a photo on his Facebook campaign page of a family reunion in New York this past week.
Loftus was appointed the interim district attorney by Mayor London Breed last month after George Gascon announced he was resigning and moving to Los Angeles to explore a run for DA there.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California accused Breed of undermining the democratic process.
Loftus was endorsed by the city’s Democratic establishment, including Gov. Gavin Newsom and Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris.
“San Francisco has always been supportive of a progressive approach to criminal justice … It’s the nature of that town and I congratulate the winner,” Harris said Sunday while campaigning in Iowa for the Democratic presidential nomination. Loftus worked for Harris when she was the city’s district attorney.
Boudin received high-profile support from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and writer and civil rights activist Shaun King.
“Now is the moment to fundamentally transform our racist and broken criminal justice system by ending mass incarceration, the failed war on drugs and the criminalization of poverty,” Sanders tweeted Saturday when he congratulated Boudin on his win.