There’s a new sheriff in town in one of America’s most crime-ravaged cities and her name is Brooke Jenkins, the new district attorney in San Francisco who jumped right in to clean up the mess left by her radical leftist predecessor Chesa Boudin.
Jenkins wasted little time in putting her stamp on the office after voters sent Boudin – a criminal coddling son of domestic terrorists – packing last month in a recall election by dumping 15 of his staffers in a housecleaning move that has infuriated progressives who lashed out in anger.
The former prosecutor for Boudin’s office who resigned last year to support his recall broke out the broom days after after she was appointed by San Francisco’s Democrat Mayor London Breed with a mandate to restore law and order to what was once one of America’s most beautiful cities and a prime destination for tourists before its streets were overrun by thugs, miscreants and junkies who have preyed on citizens and local businesses while littering the streets with human feces and used drug needles.
The ax fell on the now-former staffers on Friday with Jenkins sending a clear message that times have changed and that there are new expectations from her office after voters delivered an overwhelming mandate against Boudin and the damage that he inflicted on their city during his tenure.
“Today, I made difficult, but important changes to my management team and staff that will help advance my vision to restore a sense of safety in San Francisco by holding serious and repeat offenders accountable and implementing smart criminal justice reforms,” Jenkins said in a statement according to SF Gate.
One of those who was whacked by Jenkins was attorney Arcelia Hurtado of the city’s Innocence Commission, which was established by Boudin with a mission to “prevent and correct wrongful convictions” which the new DA has stated that she intends to continue.
The firing of Hurtado was decried by University of San Francisco law professor Lara Bazelon, who chairs the commission, “The decision by Brooke Jenkins to fire Arcelia Hurtado is deeply concerning, especially given the promise she made just yesterday to allow the Innocence Commission to continue to function,” she said.
Hurtado took to Twitter to play the victim card after she was sent packing, “After over 2 years of tireless and devoted service to the City and Cty of SF, I was unceremoniously fired without cause via phone by the Mayor’s appointed DA. I am the highest ranking Latina/LGBTQ member of the management team at that office. I will continue the fight 4justice.”
After over 2 years of tireless and devoted service to the City and Cty of SF, I was unceremoniously fired without cause via phone by the Mayor's appointed DA. I am the highest ranking Latina/LGBTQ member of the management team at that office. I will continue the fight 4justice
— Arcelia Hurtado (@ArceliaHurtado) July 15, 2022
According to SF Gate, “Other notable staffers fired included Kate Chatfield, Boudin’s chief of staff; Tal Klement, assistant chief of general crimes; Rachel Marshall, Boudin’s communications director and policy advisor; Mikaela Rabinowitz, director of data, analytics and research; and Lateef Gray, managing attorney of the independent investigations bureau, the department that oversees investigations into police officers.”
Some took to Twitter to vent after they were sacked.
I was just told on the telephone by interim DA Brooke Jenkins that I have been fired. I am one of many in the office let go who have dedicated their careers to doing justice. I am proud of all that I accomplished and vow to never stop fighting for real criminal justice reform.
— Tal Klement (@talklement) July 15, 2022
The resentencing/innocence commission unit: gone. Police accountability: gone. Data and transparency: gone. Political corruption investigation: gone. Champion for victims and children: demoted. https://t.co/PW7vWhKgnQ
— Kate Chatfield (@ChatfieldKate) July 15, 2022
Yesterday, in a 5 minute phone call, I was fired by interim DA Brooke Jenkins. I was one of 16 people fired over the phone, all without cause.
I’m not a manager. I’m not a chief. I was fired because I believe in criminal justice reform.
— Dana Dru (@dana_dru) July 17, 2022
“My new management team, which will include the addition of three women of color, with decades of prosecutorial experience at the highest levels, will help our office deliver on that promise,” DA Jenkins said. “I have full faith and confidence that these women will promote and protect public safety while delivering justice in all of its various forms.”
Jenkins will serve in her role until a November special election where voters will decide who will complete Boudin’s term.
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