Awakened protesters storm and disrupt the debate, chanting against the new San Francisco prosecutor up for re-election – and she leaves the room

Awakened protesters stormed and disrupted a debate between three candidates for San Francisco district attorney on Thursday – but turned their vitriol on Brook Jenkins, who currently sits in the prosecutor’s chair.

Hold up signs and say “No Justice! sing. at a venue at San Francisco State University,
KTVU-TV reported that the protesters even took to the stage where Jenkins was sitting with fellow candidates Joe Alioto Veronese and John Hamasaki.

Protesters held signs with the names of two men who were shot and killed by San Francisco police, the station said.

KTVU said Jenkins left the stage a few minutes after the protesters arrived.

The broadcaster said Hamasaki and Veronese stayed.

What is Jenkins up to?

Jenkins — who quit her job at former DA Chesa Boudin’s office in 2021 to join the recall campaigns against him — was Appointed DA by the Mayor of San Francisco London Breed in July. The special election she is contesting will determine who will finish Boudin’s term through 2023.

After taking office, Jenkins fired 15 staffers who worked for Boudin, the city’s controversial progressive prosecutor who was ousted in a historic recall election last month.

“Today, I made difficult but important changes to my management team and associates that will help advance my vision of restoring a sense of security to San Francisco by holding serious and repeat offenders to account and implementing intelligent criminal justice reform ‘ Jenkins said in a statement at the time gem SFGate.

Boudin – a socialist who is the son of violent radicals – was elected in 2019 amid a national wave of progressive prosecutors running for office and pledging to stop tough crime policies they said disproportionately affected minorities.

Several key progressives such as Vice President Kamala Harris and Socialist US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) supported Boudin’s candidacy. Radical anti-Israel activist Linda Sarsur claimed she cried tears of joy after Boudin won.

Within his first two days in office, Boudin fired seven prosecutors who cracked down on crime. He also vowed not to prosecute cases of quality of life crimes such as public camping, prostitution, public urination and blocking a sidewalk.

But Boudin’s crime-friendly approach left a bad taste in the mouth of the city’s overwhelmingly liberal electorate: you Boudin’s recall was overwhelmingly supported with 60% to 40% of the votes. Awakened protesters storm and disrupt the debate, chanting against the new San Francisco prosecutor up for re-election – and she leaves the room

Laura Coffey

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