On Friday, new San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins fired 15 people in her office. These firings happened in the first week after San Francisco Mayor London Breed appointed Jenkins following the recall of disgraced District Attorney Chesa Boudin.
One person who was fired, in particular, got the far-left wing of the Democratic party in shambles. Managing Attorney Arcelia Hurtado was the first member to lose her job. She served on the city’s Innocence Commission, which investigates potential wrongful convictions in San Francisco, according to SF Gate.
“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.”
University of San Francisco law professor Lara Bazelon, the chair of the commission, told SF Gate:
“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 … Arcelia was critical to the commission’s function. It is also concerning because Arcelia was the head of the DA’s post-conviction review unit, which, among other things, is currently considering the petition by Mayor London Breed’s brother Napoleon Brown to be granted leniency and released from prison following his conviction for carjacking and manslaughter. I can see no legitimate reason for firing an attorney as rigorous, competent and ethical as Arcelia.”
Brown was sentenced to 44 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter, armed robbery, and carjacking after an arrest in 2000. As he was seeking re-sentencing in 2018, Mayor Breed requested then-Governor Jerry Brown to commute his sentence. San Francisco’s Ethics Commission fined her $23,000 for the infraction.
According to SF Gate, Cat Brooks, co-founder of the progressive Anti Police-Terror Project, said:
“I’ll be interested to see what she does there … Conflict of interest and the mayor do not shock me … I came to DA Boudin’s office to fight for criminal justice reform; that battle has never felt more urgent … There is no question that DA Jenkins’ approach differs dramatically from my values. My passion for the mission to reform our legal system is stronger than ever and I am eager for the next opportunity to effect change.”
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
So, the far-left opposed Jenkins’ firings, precisely Hurtado’s firing, because she has a soft-on-crime approach. There are laws in the United States; if someone commits a crime, they do the time. If they don’t want to spend time in prison, they should not commit a crime and break the law.
San Francisco residents were fed up; they ousted Chesa Boudin, and now they have a tough-on-crime DA in Jenkins. The hope is that Jenkins does not bow down to the far-left.
Los Angeles will have their chance in November to recall disgraced DA George Gascon if enough recall signatures are verified, and the voters will choose a new DA in LA.
A tide is turning in the bluest cities because criminals are ruthless no matter the party affiliation, and residents have had enough.