California has long been an epicenter of far-left progressive policies, and San Francisco frequently leads the way.
A tragic wave of violent crime including murders in the city, however, has led to a backlash against local leaders who have overseen an agenda of lax law enforcement in favor of social justice pursuits.
Two elderly victims dead
The most recent incidents involve a pair of particularly egregious attacks on the same day that left two elderly San Francisco residents dead, according to the Washington Examiner. As a result, Mayor London Breed and District Attorney Chesa Boudin are among the city officials being held to account by many of their constituents.
Both individuals are now backtracking from their previously stated idealistic policies and vowing a crackdown on violent crime in the aftermath of the physical assaults late last month. Two men, ages 84 and 76, were reportedly attacked just hours apart from each other and died days later as a result of injuries sustained in the incidents.
The first occurred on the morning of Jan. 28, at which time surveillance camera footage captured the horrifying moment when a subject rushed up and shoved the older of the two victims to the ground as he was out for his daily walked and appeared to do nothing to provoke the attack.
Later the same day, a prominent local attorney and private investigator, Jack Palladino, was brutally assaulted by two individuals in an attempted robbery captured by the victim with his own camera, according to authorities.
Two days later, the 84-year-old man died in the hospital, followed by Palladino’s death four days after his attack, the Examiner reported.
“You will be held accountable”
KRON reported that police have made arrests in the cases and the city is pursuing murder charges in both cases. Breed and Boudin attempted to contain the fallout at least partially rooted in their own policies.
The mayor explained in a press conference that violent crimes “committed against our most vulnerable, especially our seniors and our children, are unacceptable.”
Breed went on to issue a clear warning to those in the city behind such attacks, saying: “If you commit a crime in San Francisco and you hurt someone you will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. That is a commitment that I have from both our police chief and our district attorney.”
Boudin expressed a similar sentiment in his own statement expressing sympathy for the victims and promising to “hold the people who committed these crimes accountable: we will prosecute them for murder.”
Earlier in the year, Boudin became the subject of a recall petition following a fatal hit-and-run incident on New Year’s Eve allegedly committed by a career criminal who had been released on parole, the Washington Examiner reported separately.