April 13, 2023

USA: Far-Left SF Mayor Mocked For Denying Rising Crime. Commie Democrat Mayors In 25 US Cities Defunded Their Police, While 20 Of Those Spent Millions On Their Own Police Protection.

Fox News April 13, 2023: Far-left mayor mocked for 'incredible' claim about rising crime. 'Fox & Friends' co-hosts criticize liberal San Francisco Mayor London Breed after she claimed crime statistics were 'taken completely out of context' and that her city is being 'targeted.'
I have taken the following screenshots from Neighborhood Scout. It is advised to look up the crime stats for any neighborhood you plan to move to or work in. This website provides the most accurate crime stats for neighborhoods across America. I am posting this crime information because San Francisco officials, left leaning media, and left leaning pundits keep insisting crime is really not that bad. They claim it is right-wing misinformation and the SF Mayor has the gall to blame President Trump for the misinformation about crime in SF. Look at the "Crime Index" number below. San Francisco received a number 2 rating with 100 being the safetest city. Does that sound like we're making it up? That's a major mind-f**k, "don't believe your experiences". They are in charge and are acting like there is no crime problem. You're the problem for complaining that you have a problem with the crime they say doesn't exist or isn't really that bad. That sounds like an abusive personality or abusive way of running things. CLICK HERE to read the recent data I shared below. (emphasis mine)
Remember, the SF Mayor is allied with far-Left Commie BLM group who hate police and hate America. (emphasis mine)
February 14, 2023

San Francisco, CA – Today Mayor London N. Breed will introduce a $27.6 million budget supplemental to help fund police overtime caused by the severe police staffing shortage. The supplemental will ensure that police officers are able to continue to respond to the basic needs and priority concerns facing the City. The supplemental is co-sponsored by Supervisors Catherine Stefani, Rafael Mandelman, Matt Dorsey, and Joel Engardio.

Major drivers of overtime in the last year have been backfilling staffing shortages, as well as priority initiatives like San Francisco’s tourism deployments, Tenderloin operations, and violence reduction work. The Budget Supplemental will ensure that this work and other critical work around arrests and investigations can continue. Importantly, this supplemental prevents mandated service cuts and a hiring freeze. If this supplemental does not pass, the Controller will be required to impose a hiring and overtime freeze through the end of June, which will significantly reduce policing levels across the City.

Between 2021 and 2022, the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) saw a 121% increase in total overtime to support overtime backfill caused by critically low staffing shortages and ramped up police presence in key areas like Union Square, the Tenderloin, and throughout Downtown and commercial corridors. The ability to utilize overtime provided sufficient resources to investigate and curtail drug dealing and illegal use of narcotics, reduce gun violence, homicides, and violent crimes.

Funding will also help continue to support SFPD Community Ambassadors, which are civilian retired sworn members of the Police force who supplement foot beat patrol presence in business and commercial corridors. In a time of staffing shortages, these retired officers are essential to ongoing safety efforts in areas like Union Square and neighborhoods across the City, like the Castro, West Portal, Sunset, and Fillmore.

The Mayor is also introducing a companion piece of legislation that provides nearly $200,000 supplemental funding for three additional prosecutors in the District Attorney’s Office who will focus on open air drug dealing. These positions will complement the Mayor and SFPD’s current efforts to increase enforcement of open-air drug dealing and ensure the District Attorney’s Office has the resources needed to successfully investigate and prosecute individuals who are causing harm to our communities.

“We have been working hard to address serious public safety challenges in San Francisco, but we need our officers out on the street,” said Mayor London Breed. “While we are working on strategies to address our staffing shortages, we can’t wait to ensure our officers are able to provide the basic services our residents deserve and that our prosecutors can hold drug dealers and repeat offenders accountable. We need officers responding to break-ins, breaking up the open-air drug dealing in the Tenderloin, and addressing the shootings and violent crimes in our neighborhoods. This funding is essential for keeping our City safe.”

Sworn staffing levels have fallen significantly in the last three years. Currently, San Francisco has 340 fewer officers than in 2019 and is 541 below the staffing analysis recommended level. Many more are eligible for retirement. Consequently, SFPD has exceeded overtime to fill this staffing gap. This fiscal year, sworn officers have already worked over 380,000 hours of overtime compared to 425,000 hours for the entire previous fiscal year. This expanded overtime has reaped immediate benefits and the ability to respond to over 34,000 calls for service.

In the last budget, Mayor Breed funded recruitment and retention bonuses as part of an effort to stop attrition and fill academy classes. 
KPIX CBS News Bay Area published January 18, 2023: Marina District residents are fed up with a surge in crime in their neighborhood. Marina District residents gathered at meeting Tuesday night to complain to city officials about neighborhood crime.

Patch.com, CBS San Francisco, News Partner
written by Staff
Wednesday January 18, 2023

Crime is on the rise in the scenic avenues nestled along the waterfront.

Marina District residents love their neighborhood, but told city officials at an emotional town hall meeting Tuesday night, they no longer feel safe in their homes.

Crime is on the rise in the scenic avenues nestled along the waterfront. Security cameras are recording homes and garages being burglarized. Vehicles are being broken into with regularity and drugs are openly being used on the streets.

A 10-month-old baby boy almost died after being exposed to fentanyl in a neighborhood park.
KPIX CBS News Bay Area published Apr 7, 2023: Beating attack in S.F. Marina District has neighbors fearing crime is out of control. Marina residents are on edge after a brutal attack on the city's former fire commissioner. Betty Yu reports.

written by Adam Andrzejewski
July 20, 2021

In 25 major U.S. cities across the country, officials have already cut – or have proposed cutting — funds from police budgets.

However, in as many as 20 of those same cities, mayors and other city officials enjoy the personal protection of a dedicated police security detail. In many cities, this security costs taxpayers millions of dollars per year.

We found that the defunding of police – coupled with taxpayer dollars spent on police security details protecting public officials– only occurred in cities run by Democratic mayors.

In mid-May, our auditors at OpenTheBooks.com filed Freedom of Information Act requests with these 25 cities, asking which city officials have police details, how many officers are assigned, and how much money it costs.

Chicago, Illinois

The city spent $17.3 million between 2015 and 2020 to guard “unnamed city officials.” That’s as Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she’s opposed to defunding police while – we found – 400 police officers positions were quietly cut during 2020.

Security detail cost peaked in 2020 – up $700,000 over five years: $2.7 million spent on 16 officers (2015); $2.9 million for 16 officers (2016); $2.7 million for 20 officers (2017); $2.8 million for 16 officers (2018); $2.8 million for 17 officers (2019); and $3.4 million for 22 officers (2020) – an all-time high.

San Francisco, California

The city spent $12.4 million between 2015 and 2020 to protect the mayor, London Breed. That’s as San Francisco officials promised to divest $120 million from police over two years and reallocate the money into health programs and workforce training.

The mayor’s police security detail cost spiked nearly $1 million over the past five-years.

The police department wouldn’t say how many officers were assigned. However, the city spent $1.7 million (2015); $417,489 (2016); $2.5 million (2017); $2.7 million (2018); $2.5 million (2019); and $2.6 million in 2020.

In San Francisco, the police officers are called “peace officers.”

New York City, New York

The city slashed $1 billion from its $6 billion police budget in 2021, reallocating $354 million to mental health, homelessness and education services. The cuts mostly haven’t yet materialized.

That’s while Mayor Bill de Blasio sports a NYPD security detail. However, the NYPD has not yet responded to our open records request with more detailed cost information.

While de Blasio traveled the country during his failed 2020 presidential campaign, his police detail reportedly cost taxpayers $358,000. His wife and son also have security details, while his daughter canceled her protection a few years ago.

Baltimore, Maryland

The city spent $3.6 million in 2020 for 14 police to cover the Mayor, Brendon Scott; the States Attorney, Marilyn Mosby; and the Police Commissioner, Michael Harrison. Yet, Baltimore has eliminated about $22 million from its police budget. This story first aired on Fox Baltimore.

Protection for the mayor included six officers and one sergeant, costing almost $2 million.

The state’s attorney has three officers and one sergeant, costing $1.3 million. The police commissioner’s security detail included two officers and one sergeant, costing $464,948.

San Diego, California

The city budgeted for 2021, $2.6 million for 12 full time officers to protect the mayor, Todd Gloria; the city council during meetings; and for city administration building security.

However, the mayor’s budget calls for cutting $4.3 million from the police overtime budget, and spending more than $1 million to set up the new police oversight body, the Commission on Police Practices.

Denver, Colorado

The mayor frequently argues against defunding the police. However, the national media highlights Denver’s policy as a prototype “defund the police” model. The city is beta testing the use of healthcare workers to respond to domestic mental health calls instead of police.

Mayor Michael Hancock’s security detail is comprised of one sergeant and six detectives. In the last six years, the security cost taxpayers nearly $4.2 million: $621,399 (2015); $643,092 (2016); $716,262 (2017); $716,487 (2018); $740,737 (2019); and $746,743 (2020).

Other cities around the country

City spokespeople in St. Louis, MO; Durham, NC; Madison, WI; Rochester, NY and Norman, OK said their officials don’t have a police detail.

In the remaining 20 cities, spokespeople either confirmed that they have police details and included expenditures, or have not yet responded in detail to our open records request. Only one city (Salt Lake) rejected our request.

Our auditors at OpenTheBooks.com continue to follow up with these cities:

In Minneapolis, MN where George Floyd was killed, the city cut $8 million from the police budget to launch a mental health team to respond to certain 911 calls.

In Oakland, CA the city council cut the police budget by $14.6 million, while considering larger cuts down the road.

Portland, OR, cut $15 million from its budget and disbanded a gun violence reduction unit and transit team that had been accused of over-policing Black communities, among other cuts.

The mayor’s 2021 budget for Milwaukee, WI, cut 120 police officers, mostly through attrition and not hiring new officers, cutting about $430,000 from the overall budget. That followed 60 police jobs cut in 2020.

Atlanta, GA, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said her city has already reallocated around 50% of their corrections budgets to social services and community enhancement initiatives over the past several years, instead of those services being led by police officers.

Georgia banned defunding police – which it defined as cutting budgets by more than 5% in one year or cumulatively across five years.

In Seattle, WA, councilmembers initially pledged to meet activists’ demands and cut the police budget by 50%, but ultimately backtracked, passing a reduction of about 20%. They left vacancies unfilled and moved certain functions, like parking enforcement, out of the police budget.

Los Angeles, CA, approved a $150 million budget cut from its $1.86 billion proposed budget.

A $15 million police budget cut hit Washington D.C., where the Defund the Police movement became a hot button issue in the run-up to the 2020 election.
Philadelphia, PA slashed police funding by $33 million; Hartford, CT cut $1 million from its $40 million budget; and Salt Lake City, UT reduced its police budget by $5.3 million and denied our Freedom of Information Act request.

Austin, TX cut about $20 million from the police department, and moved another $80 million by shifting certain services out of law enforcement.

In Dallas, TX the city council kept the budget mostly intact but cut $7 million from the $24 million overtime budget and reallocated for other uses the in department.

Camden, NJ, was ahead of the curve, disbanding its police force in 2013, laying off all its police and handing its policing over to the county.


As the New York City Council voted to support a 2021 budget that cuts $1 billion from the NYPD, Council Member Daniel Dromm, chair of the Finance Committee, said,

“We recognize that the City must move away from failed racist policing [policies] of the past. This budget significantly scales back funding for law enforcement at [a] time when crime is at an all-time low and redirects those dollars towards services that uplift our communities during this time of great hardship.”

That statement was made on June 30, 2020, when there was a 130% increase in the number of shooting incidents as compared to the same period the year before. Murders were up 30%, burglaries were up 118% and auto thefts were up 51%, according to NYPD crime stats.


Writing in a CNN op-ed in June 2020, Jason C. Johnson and James A. Gagliano, former law enforcement officials and current law enforcement advocates, said Congress should fund a series of reforms to reset, and make uniform, professional standards for policing.

“Reflexive calls from some corners to defund or abolish the police are foolhardy and dangerous. Qualitatively improving the policing profession, not disassembling it, is the best means to prevent such senseless tragedies from ever happening again.”

Note: In Chicago, New York, Denver, Baltimore, and San Diego, we requested comment from the mayors. Only a spokesperson from Denver responded and confirmed that the mayor is opposed to defunding the police, as noted.

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