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One epidemic appears to be rapidly outpacing Covid-19 in San Francisco – an epidemic of crime, and residents are getting tired and speaking out.
In a series of street interviews conducted by Fox News, San Franciscans spoke on the spike in crime and lawlessness in one of America’s most liberal cities.
One man explained that despite being liberal, the situation had gotten so out of hand it had made him re-evaluate his beliefs:
“This is the most progressive city in the country, I’m as left as they come and I’ve been pushed more to the middle because of this kind of policy. It’s ridiculous, man.”
He went on to mock the view of some liberals that law and order are judgemental and detrimental to human freedom and dignity:
“‘Oh we’re so left and progressive that you can’t, like, tell anybody what to do.’ It’s a joke, man. It’s like, there’s rules, and there’s a society we live in, and there should be rules so we all get along, and it’s all been dissolved in this city. It’s ridiculous.”
(Video: Fox News)
“The whole policy for years now has been like, hands off, just let them do whatever they want. It’s terrible. It’s brutal. I don’t have anything good to say about crime in this city. It’s f****ing awful right now,” he continued.
Another man asked the obvious in regards to San Francisco Mayor London Breed’s belated attempts to take even the smallest steps to start addressing the crime issue.
“They tried too hard, the mayor, and now she’s claiming that we need some help all of a sudden. And a lot of people would laugh at her, saying, ‘why didn’t you, you know, do that in the first place, why didn’t you, uh, cut back on crime?'” he said.
One woman noted the outrageous and desperate lengths residents are going to appease thieves and prevent the destruction of their car windows, among other things.
“Recently there are like a lot of people who leave the trunk of their cars open, to kind of like maneuver around the crime. Unfortunately, that is the time that we live in, and, I mean, I don’t see it ending any time soon. I just suggest that people try to protect themselves, and don’t really walk around with anything valuable on them. Unfortunately, that’s kind of how we have to live,” she lamented.
“I think everyone in this city, including me, has a little bit of a responsibility to, you know, make sure that the environment that not only I would want to live in, but my neighbor, my sister, my family members,” she continued.
Another woman commented on the brazen nature of thieves in places of business, which seems to have reached new heights since California shifted shoplifting of up to $950 worth of goods into a misdemeanor.
“Shopping in local stores, whether its Safeway or Walgreens, I see people stealing, even though there’s a police officer at every door. So it’s very frustrating to see that on a day-to-day basis,” she shared, adding that criminals “go in and out of jail really quickly, and, you know, they’re not getting their fair duty in prison.”
“It’s not good these guys are out again, because they figure they can do it again,” she continued, speaking on the incredibly lenient city policies regarding repeat offenders.
Each person interviewed expressed frustration and pessimism over the future, and there’s a recurring theme of a lack of faith in the city leadership. Whether or not this will turn into meaningful change come election time remains to be seen.
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