San Franciscos Self Inflicted Organized Retail Crime Problem Isnt Going Away

Walgreens is closing five more San Francisco locations as the impact of California law and city leadership have led to what another pharmacy chain described as “one of the epicenters of organized retail crime.”

Walgreens previously told the city’s Board of Supervisors that it had closed 17 stores in the city. In announcing the shuttering of five more, Walgreens spokesman Phil Caruso said, “Organized retail crime continues to be a challenge facing retailers across San Francisco, and we are not immune to that.”

According to California law, theft of less than $950 in goods is considered a nonviolent misdemeanor. It can still carry a maximum of six months in prison, but that would require cases to be prosecuted. And San Francisco’s district attorney is still Chesa Boudin, whose soft-on-crime worldview stems from his terrorist parents' incarceration.

Boudin is not very interested in prosecuting crimes in San Francisco. Obviously, that includes shoplifting — prosecutions for theft of less than $950 have fallen under Boudin from 70% to just 44% in 2020.

As a consequence, San Francisco has become the land of repeat offenders. People and businesses frequently see the same people who assaulted them or robbed their stores back on the streets again. San Francisco saw significant increases in burglaries, arson, motor vehicle theft, and shootings in 2020. But Boudin is more concerned about sympathizing with criminals than he is about protecting victims.

With the rise of the so-called Soros prosecutors, this has become commonplace in cities throughout the country. Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Chicago, and St. Louis (among others) have elected far-left district attorneys backed by Democratic megadonor George Soros, who wants to put Democrats in charge of criminal justice systems in all major American cities.

Of course, the answer to this problem remains the same. If residents of these cities want to avoid meeting their assailants on the street a week after their arrest, they must either choose to replace officials such as Boudin or find somewhere else to live. No one is forcing residents of San Francisco to elect Boudin, and as long as they keep doing it, these problems will persist.

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