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SF Democrat Mayor London Breed, After Backing Defunding Police, Reverses: Need ‘Aggressive’ Policing

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London Breed, mayor of San Francisco, speaks during an interview at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. The event brings together industry and political leaders working on improving the conditions and concerns facing climate in the world today.
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San Francisco Democrat Mayor London Breed appears to have reversed course on her support for defunding the police, a far-left movement that is well outside the mainstream, and is now calling those same progressive policies “the bulls*** that has destroyed our city.”

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Breed erupted at surging crime around San Francisco, a city that is viewed by many around the country as being a cesspool of drug use and crime fueled by left-wing policies.

“It’s time that the reign of criminals who are destroying our city, it is time for it to come to an end,” Breed said as she appeared to try to act tough. “And it comes to an end when we take the steps to be more aggressive with law enforcement, more aggressive with the changes in our policies, and less tolerant of all the bulls**t that has destroyed our city, we are going to turn this around.”

“This is a city that has a population of less than 1 million people with an over $12 billion budget. The residents of the city have been extremely generous in providing us with the resources we need to make a difference,” she continued. “And now the priorities we need to make must be to protect them, must be to turn things around in their neighborhoods. When you are in a room full of people, I would say probably anywhere between 90-95% of folks could raise their hand and say that either their car has been broken into or they’ve been a victim in some capacity or another. That is not okay. That is not acceptable.”

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Breed’s remarks appear to contradict her prior position when she came out in support of the far-left defund the police movement in the wake of the death of George Floyd last year, saying that the incident “brought forward the devastating impacts of police violence against African-Americans in this country.”

In a July 31, 2020, statement, Breed said that she was seeking to divert more than $100 million from the San Francisco Police Department to social justice programs:

The Mayor’s proposed budget acknowledges the structural inequities impacting the city’s African American community, resulting from generations of disinvestment. The proposed budget reinvests $120 million in funds over two years, predominately from the City’s law enforcement departments, towards efforts to repair the legacy of racially disparate policies on health, housing, and economic outcomes for African Americans. …

Mayor Breed’s budget is informed by that process and recognizes that the African American community must continue to be involved in determining the specific allocations of the funding. Therefore, the Human Rights Commission will continue leading a community process to determine how the $120 million will be allocated.

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