San Francisco Police Union boss condemns prosecutor’s ‘criminal first’ agenda as Asian cop comes under attack
San Francisco is fast becoming a crime-ridden hell thanks to the left-wing prosecutor’s “criminal first” agenda, the city’s police union boss has claimed.
Tony Montoya made the claim to Fox News after a female Asian-American policewoman was knocked to the ground by a homeless man, becoming the latest high-profile crime victim in the city of California.
“If it’s not safe for the police now, what must the public feel?” Montoya told Fox news on Wednesday, three days after the union released a video of Friday’s attack.
Montoya warned that the shortage of police personnel was making the coastal city increasingly dangerous.
He added that the low morale caused by prosecutor Chesa Boudin’s soft touch with criminals and anti-police agenda made it more difficult to hire new officers.
Days after George Floyd’s murder last May, Boudin tweeted, “In less than 24 hours, my office has received more than 1,000 emails demanding San Francisco police debtors.”
Footage of the female officer who was attacked showed the officer trying to arrest the suspect, who vandalized scooters.
A witness then heard him yell, “Chinese people don’t belong here” before lunging at her.
Security footage shows Good Samaritans prying the suspect from the officer, who Montoya said was patrolling China Town without a partner due to staff shortages.
“You have hasty and badly written legislation that makes people leave the profession prematurely, not want to get into the profession,” Montoya told Fox News by phone. “There’s been a lot of media attention, especially over the past year on law enforcement, and people are saying, ‘I don’t want to subject myself to that kind of investigation,’ or relatives discouraging them from applying.”
San Francisco Police Union boss Tony Montoya (left) says prosecutor Chesa Boudin’s ‘criminal first agenda’ is endangering his agents and creating a dangerous environment in the city
A homeless man assaulted a female Asian policewoman in San Francisco after she tried to stop him for vandalizing rental scooters nearby
The attack was captured on surveillance footage showing the two struggling before falling to the ground, where the man landed on top of the officer and tried to hit her. Witnesses say they heard the man make anti-Chinese remarks beforehand
Mayor London Breed addressed the staffing issues during: Tuesday’s budget press conference, when she said she will fund at least 1,224 full-duty officers to patrol the city.
That number is currently in the mid-900s and continues to decline with officers retiring, moving to other police departments or simply leaving the profession altogether, Montoya told Fox News.
He spoke after a video of the assaulted policewoman was posted on social media on Sunday, which showed the homeless man initially following the officer’s orders before abruptly turning and attacking her.
The two fall to the ground as the officer tries to fight back against the man, but the officer lands on the bottom when he lands on top of her.
Bystanders who witness the commotion rush to the rescue of the officer when she finally detains him.
Auxiliary officers then help to take the homeless man into custody.
Staff shortages are an exploited weakness in District Attorney Chesa Boudin’s “criminal-first agenda” that allows the release of suspects, Montoya told Fox News, and he believes the suspect attacked one of San Francisco’s best will be back on the street.
Bystanders jump in to help the female cop, who was overpowered by the brute on Friday evening in San Francisco’s Portsmouth Square. The attacker has not yet been publicly identified by police, but was taken into custody immediately after the attack
Boudin has released domestic violence suspect Joseph Williams twice before allegedly killing a seven-month-old baby in April because he said the alleged victim, who was in a relationship with Williams, would not press charges.
California state law considers domestic violence a crime against the state, with campaigners saying it was Boudin’s duty to find a way to hold a case.
Boudin’s comment angered domestic violence advocates in San Francisco, who say he has fundamentally misunderstood the nature of domestic violence cases.
“If you look at the criminal-first agenda policy of our current prosecutor, there’s a very good chance that this person will be released before he has consequences for his actions. You see that day in and day out here in San Francisco,” Montoya told Fox News.
Montoya and Boudin have been arguing for months.
Last week, Boudin blamed the city’s rising crime rates on the police’s inability to clear up crimes, meaning they make an arrest, charge the suspect and turn the case over to prosecutors.
The union snapped back in a tweet, pinned to the top of its Twitter page: “Sorry Chesa, if you think it’s blaming cops and throwing stats to mislead attention, you’re wrong. SF residents demand more. They want real solutions. You didn’t offer one. And you still take zero responsibility.”
“We are now seeing the results of his policies in the form of public safety. And it’s not safe here,” Montoya said during the telephone interview with Fox News. “Whether he wants to refer this person to so-called mental health court or drug addiction court or whether he wants to summarily release the person on some form of supervised probation – all those things sound great, but many of those services are failing the people they want to help. There is really no supervision. There is no follow-up. There is no accountability.’
Boudin became a San Francisco District Attorney in 2019 and pledged to work for restorative justice rather than incarceration.
But he was convicted in January after paroleing a robber who allegedly murdered two women in a hit-and-run in the city on New Year’s Eve last year.
Troy McAlister had just been released from prison on a robbery conviction when he murdered Hanako Abe and Elizabeth Platt while crossing a street in the SOMA neighborhood, it is alleged.
Police believe McAlister may have stolen the vehicle from a woman he just met through a dating app. Police found a weapon and drugs in his car.
Boudin’s parents, David Gilbert and Kathy Boudin, were members of Weather Underground, a radical left-wing militant organization involved in a series of terror attacks in the 1970s.
Boudin was 14 months old when his parents left him with a babysitter so they could participate in the botched armored car robbery that killed two police officers and a guard of a Brink’s truck. Both were subsequently convicted of murder.
His father Gilbert is still in prison for murder and robbery, while his mother was released after being incarcerated for over two decades.
Reserve police officers enter the scene of yet another anti-Asian hate crime in a long list of recent attacks. In NYC, 86 anti-Asian hate crime reports were filed this year, compared to just 19 at the same time last year
The moment the homeless man snapped and attacked the female cop. Community activist Max Leong says the man is a fixture in San Francisco’s Chinatown, but adds the man is likely mentally ill
In the assault case against the officer, 33-year-old Gerardo Contreras was arrested.
This incident is part of a national trend of violent, hate-driven beatings against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Last week, DailyMail.com reported that an elderly Asian woman in Queens, New York, was beaten, leaving her with a broken eye socket, a broken nose and two black eyes.
In NYC alone, anti-Asian hate crimes have risen noticeably, with 86 reported this year compared to just 19 at the same time last year in 2020.