By Dave Gibson, January 6, 2020
The fact that San Francisco’s incoming district attorney, Chesa Boudin, once served in the administration of the now-deceased, brutal Venezuelan dictator, Hugo Chavez, would likely be enough to evoke shock in anyone living outside the state of California, but, there is so much more to this story …
The new D.A.’s parents, Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert were members of the Weather Underground terrorist group, and both were convicted for their roles in the murders of two police officers and a security guard in 1981 in Rockland County, New York. His mother was paroled in 2003, and his father remains in prison at the Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, New York. Gilbert will not be eligible for parole until 2056.
After his parents went to prison, Boudin was raised in Chicago by fellow Weather Underground members, Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.
As District Attorney, Boudin has promised, that he will stop prosecuting gang members (such as members of the hyper-violent MS-13) more harshly than other violent criminals, by charging them with ‘gang enhancements.’
The so-called enhancements typically add years to a sentence when a gang member is convicted of a felony, and law enforcement sees the enhancements as a valuable tool in combating the Bay-area’s growing problem of gang violence.
However, during his 2019 campaign, Boudin who had been working as a public defender, claimed gang enhancements unfairly affect non-white felons and deemed them “racist,” “ineffective,” and “unnecessary.”
Boudin wrote the following statements on his “Chesa Boudin for District Attorney” website:
No more prosecuting racist gang enhancements: This mechanism, known as a “gang enhancement,” is racist, ineffective, and unnecessary … . It’s racist because for years not a single white person has been prosecuted for a gang enhancement. And it’s unnecessary because it piles on punishment in a system where punishment is already too severe … . We don’t need racist gang enhancements, with their additional potential prison time, to keep San Francisco safe.
*Fact Check: Boudin’s statement that “not a single white person has been prosecuted for a gang enhancement,” is not true.
California state prison records show that as of August 31, 2019, among the 11,484 inmates serving sentences with a gang enhancement, 68 percent were Hispanic, 24 percent were black, and 3 percent were white.
Of course, San Francisco has long been a ‘sanctuary city,’ and as such, gave way to the murders of the Bologna family in 2008, by Edwin Ramos, an MS-13 gang member; and of George Martinez, who was shot to death in 2017 by MS-13 gang member, Jose Mejia-Carrillo, as he mistook the 44-year-old father for a rival gang member.
Apparently, this once, beautiful city which has given way to gang violence, feces-filled streets and used hypodermic needles covering the sidewalks, has decided to continue this downward spiral by also decriminalizing murderous street gangs.
If you’re going to San Francisco…Well, maybe you shouldn’t!