San Francisco voters have sent their city leaders a sign, of sorts. Photo of Chesa Boudin by Julian Mark; photo illustration by Abraham Rodriguez

DA-elect Chesa Boudin’s difficult balancing act has already begun

In the hours and days after Chesa Boudin’s electoral victory over interim District Attorney Suzy Loftus and others, San Francisco became a dark and violent place. On the Internet.

Enraged by the election of a district attorney with wild ideas about dangerous concepts like “restorative justice,” talk of this city’s transformation into Gotham pervaded the ether — as did unsubtle pining for vigilantism. 

Gotham City, of course, is the fictionalized, comic-book version of New York patrolled by Batman. It’s a realm controlled by sadistic mafia dons and beset by homicidal street gangs and, to boot, besieged by supernatural criminals. 

The original Batmobile was just under 19 feet long — and yet Batman and Robin always found parking. Free parking. 

For that reason alone, Gotham is a poor analog for San Francisco. But there are so many more reasons. Property crime in our real-world city is rampant, and that’s not acceptable — but property crime wasn’t what made Gotham Gotham: Young Bruce Wayne was not set in the path of meting out bloody justice in a bat costume because someone broke into his parents’ car. 

Statistics are cold comfort for anyone victimized by a violent crime — and violent crimes occur every day, in this and every city. But, despite several recent abhorrent acts caught on video, this city is, statistically, home to both fewer victims and fewer violent crimes than at any time in recent memory. 

A lower crime level is not a tolerable crime level. But it is something to think about when formulating policy or reporting on the state of crime in this city — both of which, frankly, are being driven by visible crime rather than underlying trends. 

Chesa Boudin. Photo by Abraham Rodriguez.

Here are the underlying trends: Our overall violent crime rate is now around half of what it was 30 years ago (when, incidentally, Tim Burton’s Batman hit theaters). Police Chief Bill Scott last week reported to the Police Commission that there have been 33 homicides to date this year. Last year at this time there were 40. 

Just a decade ago San Francisco was pushing the century mark in homicides. In the mid-1970s, the city was awash in street violence and serial killers — killers, plural — and routinely suffered 130 or more murders a year (of note, the city’s population in the ’70s was around 80 percent of what it is in the present day).

In 1973, future mayor Art Agnos was shot and left for dead by the Zebra Killers. In 1978, Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk were gunned down in cold blood in City Hall — two of well more than 100 murders that year. Also in ’78, a crazed San Francisco cult leader forced more than 900 of his followers into mass suicide.

Presumably, many cars were broken into and many packages were stolen off porches as well.  

Again, that’s not to say everything is peachy in 2019, but violent crime is down here across the board. We don’t figure into compendiums of the nation’s top 100 violent cities. Pine Bluff, Ark., Albuquerque, N.M., and Kalamazoo, Mich. do though. 

It’s hard to imagine the legal systems are less punitive in these places than here in San Francisco. 

And it’s also hard to imagine angry denizens of the Internet calling for a Dark Knight to swoop down off the rooftops of Kalamazoo and restore order and sanity. 

Broken glass on Folsom Street.

When asked if he’s familiar with the Gotham meme, Boudin’s jaw tightens for a second. But only a second. He is. 

Now, stupid people say stupid things on the Internet often. Stupidly often, even. But this is different. First, addlebrained calls for vigilante justice are the sort of thing that’ll get some small-time thief or random homeless person killed. 

Second, this line of attack is indicative of the inherent obstacles that may yet hamstring the progressive DA-to-be in his ambitious agenda of remaking this city’s criminal justice system.

“It’s frustrating to be blamed for things that happened before I’m even in office,” he says. “People are blaming me for the attack in Portsmouth Square” — a savage Nov. 9 beating of three elderly Chinatown denizens by thus-far at-large assailants that was filmed by a bystander.

“I haven’t had the opportunity to make a single hire or prosecute a single case,” notes Boudin, who will be sworn in on Jan. 8. “And I am absolutely going to continue prosecuting cases. That is my job.” 

Linking Boudin to this attack, he continues, “represents an effort, in advance, to undermine my administration. And that is frustrating because I am acting in good faith.” 

But that’s no surprise. “Chesa Boudin and his ideology will be held responsible for every time there’s a video of a ‘justice-involved individual’ doing something endangering the safety of others,” a longtime city political operative predicted earlier this month.

“I don’t think it will be immediate, but it will be unfairly fast.” 

So, that’s how it’s going to be. The ideology of the district attorneys in Albuquerque or Pine Bluff is probably not questioned every time there’s an abhorrent crime, caught on video, that captures the public’s attention. But that will happen here. Is happening, in fact. 

Chesa Boudin’s overarching plan to move away from using the criminal justice system to address psychiatric- and poverty-based problems will be questioned every time someone returns to a busted car window or package-free porch or has to hop-scotch over drug paraphernalia or human effluvia on the streets or hustle away from a homeless person acting out. 

If police continue to register arrests on a paltry 1.6 percent of car break-ins, the rancor will be directed at Boudin. Why not? It was directed at DA George Gascón before him. The SFPD’s overall arrest rate dropped from 18 percent in 2010 to 10.6 percent in 2017; Boudin cannot prosecute the people the police do not arrest. And it remains to be seen just how hard the cops will work in partnership with the man whose election night party featured an impromptu chant of “Fuck the POA,” the police union — led by elected officials. 

(Incidentally, we’re told that some of these same elected officials have demanded the SFPD come up with “enforcement plans” for their districts regarding visible homelessness and street behavior — but balk at the “criminalization of homelessness.”)

If the police were to arrest every miscreant in sight and, for whatever reason, Boudin opts to not file charges, cops can still shrug and tell themselves they did their part. But Boudin — or any DA — is not privy to a reciprocal arrangement. The DA, again, cannot prosecute the people the police do not arrest. Boudin cannot succeed without the help of the cops. 

And this will loom large if and when he decides to prosecute one in an officer-involved shooting. And if he opts to not prosecute an officer — if, as Boudin notes, “the law as written today doesn’t allow us to prosecute conduct we think should be criminalized” — should he expect patience from the significant portion of his supporters who have monomaniacally elevated the charging of cops to the end-all and be-all of progressive prosecution?

Should he expect understanding from activists focused solely on charging officers — who don’t seem to care as much about the DA addressing cash bail reform or diversion programs or decriminalization of marijuana or the overall dismantling of the carceral state? 

Let me answer that question with a question: You ever dance with the devil in the pale moonlight

“We won an election, people,” Chesa Boudin told supporters on election night. And, lo, he was right. Photo by Julian Mark.

Chesa Boudin’s policies and ambitions represent a challenge. For himself, certainly; for the attorneys in his office used to a different paradigm; and for the cops all too often dispatched to deal with homeless and mental health issues — and then maligned for arresting people. 

But the challenge goes deeper. It challenges the very notion of what a DA does and how a DA thinks and talks — Boudin says prosecutions of consensual sex work, for example, hamper the ability to charge pimps and traffickers; communities will have to help figure out “how to effectively zone for certain kinds of behavior and conduct.” We already do this informally, he says. “There are kinds of behavior police tolerate in the Tenderloin that would not be tolerated in any other neighborhood in the city.” 

Considering the heat generated in community discussions about ficus trees, meetings regarding drug-use and prostitution zones could result in spontaneous combustion.   

Well, that sounds like a challenge, all right. And so is this: For Boudin to “succeed,” it will require San Franciscans to accept barometer of success beyond a conviction rate. For this to occur, it would require us, as a city to focus on a litany of outcomes, most of them complex, and none of which receives a fraction of the coverage of a horrific filmed attack on Chinatown seniors. 

“Success” would require the quantifiable lowering of recidivism rates and higher scores on victim satisfaction surveys — and for voters to care about this. It would require us to account for complicated hypothetical contrapositives: all the defendants who aren’t incarcerated merely because of an inability to make cash bail and who don’t lose jobs or housing or custody of their children or have their lives otherwise turned inside-out. 

Additionally, we, as a city, would have to care about rampant racial inequalities and the plight of people like this — after markedly not caring for quite some time.

It’s hard to honestly interpret the will of the voters in an off-year, low-turnout election. Do San Franciscans desire sweeping change? Or did they simply award a campaign that out-hustled its opponents? 

Regardless, elections have consequences. And Boudin has plans. 

“I understand that people don’t necessarily agree with  my policies,” he said. “That’s okay. We don’t need to agree all the time as long as everyone acts in good faith — but I would appreciate the benefit of the doubt.” 

Boudin is up for the challenge. Whether the same can be said for this city will be answered in the coming weeks and months. 

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  1. You are taking the Gotham analogy to an extreme. I think it’s fair to say that people who commit property crimes would vote for him if they did bother to vote.

  2. Because the Mission is a place that supports and admires people from all over the world and all over the country, does not mean we want to be assulted, step on feces, have our windows smashed, our shops looted. All while Chesa and the ridiculous reporters from the local paper (which used to actually care about the poeple who live here) go to bed feeling good after a day of haranguing everybody else. Please publish your drivel from Atherton where you can spout all you like about how all of us are so much worse than you for wanting to live a life where we’re not scared to walk our streets. Shame on you.

    1. Atherton?

      Ma’am, do think local reporters commute in to San Francisco from Atherton?



  3. Increased accountability on the part of elected officials and city departments is a good thing. It’s time to focus on why the SFPD, DA, and Courts are so ineffective.

  4. :Some men just want to watch the world burn. DA-elect Chesa Boudin pledges he’ll prosecute them.” He would prosecute his dad..hiyo

  5. Joe, thank you for a superb post.

    Can you elaborate on the clip below? Who are the supervIsors who calling for this? I’m really unhappy about unconstitutional tent sweeps and would like further detail. Thanks.

    “(Incidentally, we’re told that some of these same elected officials have demanded the SFPD come up with ‘enforcement plans’ for their districts regarding visible homelessness and street behavior — but balk at the ‘criminalization of homelessness.’)”

  6. Boudin sought media attention with an attention-getting campaign. His positions were predictably polarizing. Now he has the attention he wanted. He’s a public figure, and both the public and the media have free-speech rights. We’ll see if there’s any there there soon enough. But the comments I’ve seen so far — both pro and con — are fair game, whether or not he’s taken office yet. I’m not ready to play the violin.

    1. Bubblebuster,

      To whom are you addressing your comments?

      OK, I’ll take your serve.

      “Boudin sought media attention with an attention-getting campaign.”?

      Isn’t that what every campaign does?

      i walked over 120 miles with a double-sided sign of his posters.

      Fielded 500 to 1,000 comments from people like you and destroyed them online.

      Passed out nearly 800 pieces of literature.

      All for FREE!

      That’s why this guy is a long way from my buddy, George Gascon.

      Far as I can tell, I was only person ‘flak’ing’ in George’s behalf for last couple of years.

      This is not the case with Chesa Boudin.

      There are a thousand people like me backing him.

      Bring it on ‘bubblebuster’ …

      bring it on ‘bubblebuster’!

      Gascon for LA District Attorney!

      Avalos for D-11 Supervisor!

      Evangelista for SF Superior Court Judge!

      Buttar for Congress!!

      Go Niners!


      1. Ok sure. Not at all afraid to “bring it on” as needed. And for every one of you backing him, there will be ten opposed if he himself doesn’t “bring it” or deliver. To whom am I addressing my comments? To anyone crying over negative press after specifically courting the press. Yeah, all campaigns court the press. But when they cry over negative press, someone like me uses their free speech right and points it out. I’ll say the same thing for Trump. And I’ll say it for Boudin.

        1. Bubble,

          Now for a question you’re too cowardly to answer.

          It’s a tough one.

          What’s your name?

          Evangelista for SF Superior Court Judge!

          Avalos for D-11 Supervisor!

          Gascon for LA District Attorney!

          Buttar for Contress!!

          Go Niners!!


          1. Bubble,

            I’m Harold Lee Brown

            Retired Navy Beach Jumper, Firefighter …

            Special Ed teacher of Severely Disturbed.

            Involved activist since 1952 when I did bumper
            stickers for Adlai Stevenson.

            Again, what’s your name?

            Evangelista for SF Superior Court Judge!

            Avalos for D-11 Supe!

            Gascon for LA DA!

            Buttar for Congress!!

            Go Niners!


          2. Happy to tell you. It’s no huge secret.

            But out of curiosity, why do you want to know? You want to come after me with Chesa and a couple of thugs? If not, post your email or phone number and I will send it to you.

          3. Bubble,

            People who insult my friends from the cover
            of anonymity piss me off.

            You’re a coward, buddy.

            But, you knew that.

            No one’s scheming against you.

            I’m more interested in getting George Gascon
            elected as District Attorney for the City and
            County of Los Angeles.

            Whatcha think about those apples?

            But, first, your name.

            Fewer for D-1 return performance!

            Buttar for Congress!

            Avalos for D-11!

            Evangelista for SF Superior Court Judge!!

            Go Niners!


          4. Bubble,

            I gave you my contact info.

            You have not reciprocated and are thus a coward.

            Publish your email here as I have mine and I’ll apologize.

            Til then?

            You be a coward.

            Evangelista for SF Superior Court Judge!

            Gascon for LA District Attorney!

            Avalos in D-11 return!

            Fewer continues service in D-1!

            Buttar for Congress!!

            Go Niners!


          5. Nah, on 2nd thought I’ll keep being a “coward,” and you keep being an online stud. Go ahead and keep spitting fire while surrounded by your loony friends. Whatever makes you feel good.

  7. I’m skeptical the SFPD could derail Boudin the way they did Chief Fong. As an elected official, even Mirkarimi had a solid buffer.

    Obviously some of these same political criticisms will persist through his term, but four years gives Boudin a fair opportunity to do his thing. He’ll be fine.

    1. Rosh,

      He’ll be better than fine.

      Overcharging defendants and intimidating them into
      thousands of years in total prison misery is going
      to end.

      So, will the millions funneled into the commercial prison industry.

      We’re already the better for his election.

      Look at the thug cops and lawyers already running from the newly lighted scene.

      Evangelista for SF Superior Court Judge!

      Avalos for D-11 Supe!!

      Buttar for Congress!!!

      Go Niners!

      (See close of that game yesterday?)


      1. SF hardly prosecutes crime as it is. This includes violent crimes. San Mateo county is the polar opposite of San Francisco. Daly City, which is geographically and demographically similar to SF, just physically in a different county, has a fraction of the violent crime and quality of life issues SF has. When it does the suspects are mostly from SF or the Eastbay. This is absolutely becuase of proactive policing coupled with a strong DA’s office.

  8. “the law as written today doesn’t allow us to prosecute conduct we think should be criminalized” I don’t remembering Boudin saying that at the forum which you moderated, when the question came up. I do remember Leif Dautch saying, rightly so, that homicide, first or second degree murder, are just the beginning of the legal remedies a DA can employ when prosecuting an OIS. This was Gascon’s forever refrain: “the law made me do it.” I get that it takes guts and smarts to confront the POA, especially on the issue of OIS. But I think it’s unavoidable. The issue is power, raw political power. Boudin has a mandate, and a constituency, to challenge the status quo. Good luck.

  9. Great write-up as usual, thanks.

    Based on his comments in this piece, which come across as a bit thin-skinned, it sounds like Boudin will fit right in with the SF political culture of blame shifting and playing the victim when convenient. If he’s already frustrated that there wasn’t a uniformly positive response to his election (I didn’t hear anyone “blaming” him for the Chinatown attack…), one wonders how he will respond when the heat is really on.

  10. Unlike Larry Krasner in Philadelphia, who sacked 31 deputy DAs the week after he took office, California has strong civil service protections. Unlike Los Angeles County there is no equivalent “freeway therapy” to punish DAs which don’t get with the program (the practice of assigning deputy DAs far from their home, often to the Antelope Valley, when the new guy takes office).

    Because of this, Boudin has the challenge of trying to convince his staff to work with him, and I’m sure many do. But for those that don’t, you can assign them to a make work job, but they will still collect their hundreds of thousands in pay and benefits. Will the Board of Supervisors stand for paying millions of dollars to employees that are working well below their pay grades, because they disagree with the direction of the office? Will their be a “resistance” that starts leaking decisions made or not made to the mainstream media and TV, who take a more pro-cop stand? It will be interesting to see when Boudin takes office and uses his skills of persuasion, not intimidation, to execute his agenda.

    1. Calwatch,

      I’m just guessing you’re a lousy lawyer working in the DA’s office?

      So, you’re threatening a “resistance’ and outlining how it will work.

      I’m not amused at all and as a big believer in God and a stone hippie?

      I wouldn’t want your kharma.

      Go Clemson Tigers!!


  11. To be honest, the pre-first-day-on-the-job finger pointing from Boudin at potential lack of arrests by police is deeply concerning.

    Boudin knows he campaigned on a unique platform and he knows he risks good police support with his emphasis on prosecuting poor officer conduct.

    Regardless of whether Boudin is right or wrong in his views, he knows they are contentious and it is definitely his responsibility as an incoming DA to try and build bridges with his counterparts in enforcement. If the police don’t cooperate it’s fair to call them on it, but this “they won’t work with me” routine before he has even *started* in the role reeks of not having any plan whatsoever. A quagmire where nothing improves — in any political direction — is the last outcome anyone wants for San Francisco.

    My fears of a most likely outcome here are not for an outbreak of violent vigilantism, but instead of a “F*** it” attitude from a silent majority of San Franciscans who instead vote with their feet.

    1. Sir or madam — 

      Boudin’s post-election talking points have been about reaching out to rank-and-file cops and even the POA.

      I’m the one pointing out the situation here.


      1. Joe,

        Fair point after re-reading — I rescind my criticism of Boudin, but (hopefully) agree with you that his strategy for building cooperation with his enforcement counterparts is going to be critical to his program’s success. I hope it’s a good strategy!

    2. Perceptor,

      Would not surprise me in the least if the POA leadership
      continues their usual practice of dumping those who challenge
      their gang- banger inner group.

      To quote Supervisor Fewer?

      “Fuck the POA!!”

      Next step in my way of thinking is to use our Super BOS majority
      to put a Charter Amendment on the ballot to go back to the citizens
      electing the Police Chief.

      Love to say that was my idea but is was retired after 32 years in
      the job, Sheriff Michael Hennessey.

      Imagine if you had a top cop not under the thumb of an empire
      builder like London Breed or a knuckle-dragging POA?

      I envision 10 or 12 candidates with varying platforms ranging from
      putting half the cops on the street or in cop boxes to?

      How about cutting the SFPD force in half by attrition and filling
      their shoes with Patrol Specials?

      Go Niners!


  12. Joe, Excellent piece that addresses most all the issues surrounding Boudin’s election. FWIW, I think there’s no doubt if not for RCV, Boudin wouldn’t have been elected. That reality presents a risk. Though young and energetic, if Boudin has to devote time and attention to recall campaigns, he’s doomed.

    I think Boudin will at least get Chief Scott’s support(if Breed allows). My assessment is the one person most able to help Boudin succeed is London Breed. His agenda requires the City to pony up resources for alternatives and diversions.

    As you’ve alluded, even the most progressive members of the BOS are too cowardly and even deceitful to expend significant political capital for Boudin. Only Breed has the independence and citywide support to move his agenda forward. Will she hold a grudge over Loftus’ defeat, leaving Boudin twisting in the wind? I think that’s very possible, even likely. But I’m hoping otherwise.

    1. Sir or madam —

      Thank you kindly. There are a lot of people and groups who could, intentionally or not, pull the rug out from under Boudin.

      But I don’t think he’s as vulnerable as some say. He raised $750K, is beholden to nobody but the voters and, as DA and nationwide progressive darling, can likely raise much, much more than that if and when the time comes.


      1. If Breed goes to bat for Boudin, other potential rug pullers won’t risk displeasing her by pulling the rug, even covertly. But I think Breed will be giving mixed signals, hedging her bets in case Boudin flounders. Boudin’s ardent supporters aren’t Breed supporters, they supported only Kim/Leno. She isn’t beholden to them.

        Having to run in a recall will suck Boudin’s time and energy away form his job. It will put doubt into the minds of fence sitter colleagues whether to wholeheartedly support his agenda. All that will reduce his effectiveness, supporting claims he should be removed.

        I assume if it happens, a recall will be next November when turnout is high. Money won’t be a determinant because 10 months of events will have passed. The media is certain to analyze sensational ones in minute detail. It’s just a matter of luck whether a cause celebre that inflames emotions occurs during that period. He has a narrow window of opportunity to get ahead of his doubters and outright haters.

    1. Joe,

      Thanks for allowing the Guardian link thru.

      Bigger thanks for hosting these discussions and joining us in them.

      You read the Guardian piece?

      SF so often leads the world and what more critical field now than criminal justice?


      1. h,

        You’re replying to the infamous Robert Tillman. It seems he’s more prepared to fly the Libertarian flag now that his city business dealings are done.

        Another quote from H.L. Mencken:

        > “The educated negro of today is a failure, not because he meets insuperable difficulties in life, but because he is a negro. He is, in brief, a low-caste man, to the manner born, and he will remain inert and inefficient until fifty generations of him have lived in civilization. And even then, the superior white race will be fifty generations ahead of him.”

        And check this out h, you’ll appreciate I got the Guardian to amend a prior article on Boudin — I wanted them to have it right. They note the change at the end.

        I like Vivian Ho’s article too. Glad she is doing well at the Guardian. She used to crank ’em out at the Chron, remember?


    2. As a former member of law enforcement, I can say without a shred of doubt that restorative justice is an unproven, theoretical approach to law enforcement that has yielded no positive results other than those in small, partisan studies with weak methodologies that yield weaker statistical outcomes.

      Boudin is part of a small movement of progressives who have never worked in law enforcement, who critique it from thinktanks and academic ivory towers, or at most, policy-level positions, far removed from where the rubber meets the road.

      While their intentions are noble yet, albeit self-serving, progressives view law enforcement as an inherent failure for solving all of societies ills. They want law enforcement to not only enforce the law but expand into roles like social care worker, psychiatrist, doctor, mediator, and parent. Because law enforcement officers are simply officers, they will fail at these other roles as well as fail to mitigate the problems progressives increasingly identify as law enforcement issues. It puts our law enforcement personnel and system into an impossible situation. Recidivism is the perfect example of this. It is not the justice system’s role to reduce recidivism. Thats the role of education, social work, and good parenting. All three of those things are in short supply.

      Boudin simply isn’t equipped to work in law enforcement. He has neither vision or scope. This will quickly become noticable as homelessness, vandalism, and “lifestyle” criminal conduct will likely continue unabated and may in fact proliferate.

      I dont completely blame Boudin though. The man was raised by radical leftist terrorists (parents and adoptive parents) who were influential from such a young age. For a mental exercise: Imagine for a moment if he had been the son of a radical rightwing terror group member. Would there be concern over his intentions?

      I blame San Francisco. Maybe one of these days the city will wake up and tire of its myopic fetish of sectarian liberal politics.

      My prediction: Boudin will not excell in his position. He wont come up with any solution to the city’s problems but will reinterpret them to give his tenure the illusion of success. Police will quietly and passive aggressivley await his departure as Boudin seeks higher and higher office, kept afloat by his own insatiable thirst for power and a rabid and tribal constituency. Media outlets such as this one will continue to write puff pieces about his performance, quietly excusing his lack of action. The twittersphere will circulate his partisan hot-takes. We’ll see his rhetoric convince a city that the “system” is the problem. A police chief will likely resign due conflict with his office.

      I’m looking forward to being able to say “I told you so.”

      1. Officer Griffin,

        Would you take some time to give an assessment of George
        Gascon’s tours as Police Chief and District Attorney?

        Evangelista for SF Superior Court Judge!

        Avalos for D-11 Supervisor!

        Buttar for Congress!!

        Gascon for LA District Attorney!!

        Go Niners!


      2. “As a former member of law enforcement”

        Fallacious appeal to authority.

        “I can say without a shred of doubt”

        Fatal blow to your credibility.

        “Boudin is part of a small movement of progressives who have never worked in law enforcement, who critique it from thinktanks and academic ivory towers, or at most, policy-level positions, far removed from where the rubber meets the road. ”

        Classic ad hominem fallacy.


        1. Question for you: when someone opens with “As a black woman” or “As a gay man”, are you equally quick to blow them off for making an appeal to authority.

  13. Chicken little sky is falling vigilante’s
    Amok, right joe ?
    You are as myopic and delusional
    As other side of same coin far right
    Dogma spewer’s

    Punks on meth are no victims.
    Fairley and other criminals are
    Not victims.

    To say they are is cowardice and
    Nothing but.

    If you were strollin down the
    Street, maybe after protesting at
    Manny’s – and your sister or galpal
    Was assaulted in front of your eyes –
    You’d turn the other cheek joe ??
    Try to reason with the thug ?
    Would you feel that the assault
    Was “understandable” because
    Of societies ill’s ? Or because your
    Sister is white and therefore one
    Of the evil oppressor’s of all non
    Whites ?

    Appeasing thugs invites more
    Thuggery from them.
    Enabling them is not “empathy”
    For troubled souls.
    It is cowardice.

      1. I am no poet.
        You are an apologist\enabler
        For criminals.
        We are all clumsy at times.
        But not all of us can be as
        Snotty, passive aggressive
        And full of false humility as
        You choose to be.
        You make judgements about
        People and you partition them –
        That is mentally and morally lazy.

        Examining your own perceptions Does not happen much does it..
        You got your dogma and you
        Are sticking with it.

        If you’d like to meet
        For coffee and trade
        Irregular verbs, that
        Would be great fun

        1. It’s an annoying online thing to be a sanctimonious asshole and then ask to meet in real life.

          No thanks, champ. I’d rather spend time with my family.


          1. Please stay in SF. I dont want a douch like you anywhere near me. Typical progressive twit. Hate the cops. But you would be the first to scream for help if you got attacked.

          2. Hey, genius — 

            You can’t even spell douche.

            Don’t tell me what to do, man.


    1. Have you ever been mugged outside Manny’s, walking down 16th, or Valencia — after protesting, so it must be, what? around noon or one? Has this happened recently to your wife/sister/galpal/partner/significant other? It must have been terrifying. I hope the cops were quick to respond (they’re only a block away) and the miscreants are locked away forever. I also hope you are getting all the treatment you deserve for what must have been a seriously disorienting experience. PS. Don’t let Joe intimidate you. The world needs shitty poets. Imaginary victims have rights too!

    2. Excellent article. Too often we treat people as damned if they do, damned if they don’t. Especially progressive legislators because they have to take it from both sides. As we see with GOP support for Trump, those in the other party will green light anything anyone in their party does. That’s much easier to deal with, though not as beneficial to improving quality of life here…