The San Francisco Police Department posted a video to its Facebook page this week, showing a person allegedly attempting to light a woman’s hair on fire on a city bus, in a public appeal for assistance in identifying the individual.
But a video of the May 2 incident posted by the SFPD blurs out the alleged perpetrator’s face, making identification all but impossible and drawing frustrated responses from social media users.
“Upon arrival, officers met the bus operator who told them that a passenger’s hair had been set on fire by an unidentified suspect. The suspect and two acquaintances (persons of interest) exited the bus and were last seen fleeing eastbound on McAllister Street. Other passengers assisted the victim who then left the scene prior to police arrival,” says the Facebook post.
“The victim was described as female of Filipino or Latin descent, between 50 and 60 years of age with dark hair and eyeglasses,” the post continued, adding a Vimeo link to surveillance video.
“Investigators are asking the victim to come forward and provide a statement. Anyone having information regarding this incident is asked to call” the department, said the post.
But more than a few users who responded to the post wondered why the department blurred the face of the suspect while asking for the public’s help in identifying him.
“Why blurred out their faces when need public’s assistance to identify the suspects?!?!” wrote one.
“I’m not understanding the rationale here. If you have video of the incident then why cover the attacker’s face? If anything you should have covered the victim’s face!” wrote another.
“How can the public help if you blur out the obvious criminal? He is not a suspect if he is actually caught on camera doing the act!” said another.
“Who’s in charge of posting this garbage? Can’t ID anyone with this. Why bother,” another user added.
Other users suggested that it won’t matter if the suspect is caught because the criminal justice system in San Francisco won’t punish him.
“Why would the victim come forward. Being a resident of San Francisco she is probably well aware of the fact that even in violent crimes the criminal will be on the street again within hours and then they will have her information so they can finish her off,” wrote one user. “It is beyond disgusting that the faces of these despicable thugs are blurred out. Why are our police, media and politicians protecting criminals instead of victims?”
“Not that your DA will file charges,” said another, a reference to San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, who has been widely criticized, along with other far-left DAs in California, for criminal justice reforms that seek lighter sentences for certain lawbreakers or no punishment at all.
To that end, Fox News contributor Bill Melugin, who is based in Los Angeles, filed a report during Tucker Carlson’s Friday evening program noting that crime is rising in the nation’s second-largest city even more than previously thought, in part because of Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon’s similar ‘soft on crime’ approach.
(Video: Fox News)
“Here in L.A., basically over the last year or so, we’ve had a trifecta of things happen out here,” Melugin said. “We’ve had our police defunded, we’ve had thousands of inmates released during COVID, and we’ve got a brand-new, ultra-progressive DA whose policies, if we’re being honest, are friendly to criminals.”
Melugin went on to show an exclusive video clip obtained by his network of a large black man striding over to a Hispanic woman pumping gas and slugging her, then pummeling her repeatedly after she fell to the ground — in broad daylight.
“Unfortunately, these sort of attacks are on the rise out here in L.A.,” Melugin added, before showing the latest crime stats, all of which are up substantially over the same period a year ago.
“And it’s not just L.A. County. The City of L.A. has numbers going in the wrong direction as well,” Melugin noted.
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