San Francisco is fast becoming a crime-ridden hellhole thanks to its hard-left prosecutor’s ‘criminal-first’ agenda, the city’s police union boss has claimed.
Tony Montoya made the claim on Fox News after a female Asian-American police officer was pummeled to the ground by a homeless man, becoming the California city’s latest high-profile crime victim.
‘If it’s not safe for the police officers right now, what should the general public feel?’ Montoya told Fox News on Wednesday, three days after the union released a video of Friday’s assault.
Montoya warned that police staffing shortages were making the coastal city increasingly dangerous.
He added that low morale caused by District Attorney Chesa Boudin’s soft touch on criminals and anti-police agenda was making it harder to hire new cops.
Days after the murder of George Floyd last May, Boudin tweeted: ‘In less than 24 hours my office has received over 1,000 emails demanding that San Francisco defund the police department.’
Footage of the female cop being attacked showed the officer tried to arrest the suspect, who was vandalizing scooters.
A witness then heard him yell, ‘Chinese people don’t belong here’ before lunging for her.
Security footage shows Good Samaritans prying the suspect off the officer, who Montoya said was patrolling China Town without a partner because of staffing shortages.
‘You have hastily and poorly written legislation that is causing people to leave the profession early, not want to enter the profession,’ Montoya told Fox News over the phone. ‘There’s a lot of media coverage, especially more so this past year on law enforcement, and people are saying, “I don’t want to subject myself to that type of scrutiny,” or family members are discouraging them from applying.’
San Francisco police union boss Tony Montoya (left) say’s DA Chesa Boudin’s ‘criminal-first agenda’ is putting his officers in harm’s way and creating a dangerous environment in the city
A homeless man assaulted a female Asian police officer in San Francisco after she attempted to detain him for vandalizing rental scooters nearby
The attack was captured on surveillance footage and showed the two scuffling before falling to the ground, where the man landed on top of the officer and attempted to pummel her. Witnesses say they overheard the man making anti-Chinese remarks beforehand
Mayor London Breed addressed the staffing concerns during Tuesday’s budget press conference, when she said she will fund at least 1,224 full-duty officers to patrol the city.
That number is currently in the mid-900s and continues to drop with officers retiring, leaving for other police departments or simply leaving the profession altogether, Montoya told Fox News.
He spoke after video of the policewoman being attacked was posted to social media on Sunday, showing the homeless man initially appearing to follow the officer’s orders before abruptly turning around and attacking her.
The two tumble to the ground as the officer attempts to fight back against the man, but the officer ends up on the bottom as he lands on top of her.
Bystanders who witness the commotion rush to come to the officer’s aid as she eventually pins him down.
Backup officers then help to place the homeless man into custody.
Bystanders jump in to help the female officer, who was overpowered by the brute at Portsmouth Square in San Francisco on Friday night. The attacker has yet to be publicly identified by cops, but was taken into custody immediately after the attack
Staffing shortages are an exploited weakness in District Attorney Chesa Boudin’s ‘criminal-first agenda’ that allows suspects to be released, Montoya told Fox News, and he believes the suspect who attacked one of San Francisco’s finest will be back out on the street.
Boudin released a domestic violence suspect twice before he allegedly murdered a seven-month-old baby in April.
‘If you look at the policy of our current district attorney’s criminal-first agenda, there’s a very high likelihood that this person will get released before facing any consequences for his actions. You see that day in and day out here in San Francisco,’ Montoya told Fox News.
Montoya and Boudin have been feuding for months.
Last week, Boudin blamed the city’s rising crime numbers on the police departments inability to clear crimes, meaning make an arrest, charge the suspect and hand the case over to prosecutors.
The union snapped back in a tweet, which is pinned at the top of its Twitter page: ‘Sorry Chesa, if you think blaming police officers & throwing stats to misdirect attention is going to cut it, you’re wrong. SF residents are demanding more. They want actual solutions. You’ve offered none. And you still accept zero responsibility.’
‘We’re now seeing the results of his policies in the form of public safety. And it’s not safe out here,’ Montoya said during the phone interview with Fox News. ‘Whether he wants to divert this person to so-called mental health court or an addiction to drug court or if he summarily wants to release the person on some form of supervised probation – all those things sound great, but a lot of those services are failing the people they intend to help. There is really no supervision. There is no follow-up. There is no accountability.’
Backup police officers descend on the scene of yet another anti-Asian hate crime in a long list of recent attacks. In NYC, 86 anti-Asian hate crime reports were filed this year compared to just 19 the same time last year
The moment where the homeless man snapped and attacked the female officer. Community activist Max Leong says the man is a fixture in San Francisco’s Chinatown, while adding that the man is likely mentally ill
In the assault case on the officer, 33-year-old Gerardo Contreras was arrested.
This incident is highlights a national trend of violent, hate-driven beatings of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Last week DailyMail.com reported that an elderly Asian woman was sucker-punched in Queens, New York, leaving her with a fractured eye socket and broken nose and two black eyes.
In NYC alone, anti-Asian hate crimes have noticeably spiked, with 86 reports this year compared to just 19 the same time last year in 2020.