One of the chief leaders of San Francisco’s “Defund the Police” movement is now begging to put more cops on the street after it turns out having no one to respond to crime is problematic.
Who’d have thunk?
In this latest chapter of a little book I like to call “Duh: A Journey Throug Leftism,” Hillary Ronen, a San Francisco Democratic district supervisor, is now calling on the city council to hire more police officers to deal with the rise in crime in her district.
"I've been begging this department to give the Mission what it deserves in terms of police presence all year long. And I have been told time and time and time and time again there are no officers that we can send to Mission,” she said during a Budget and Appropriations Committee meeting on Wednesday.
When it comes to crime, she's not wrong. Cities across California are experiencing a shocking uptick in smash-and-grabs in retail establishments, often in broad daylight. Business owners in the Mission district of San Francisco complain regularly about massive homeless camps blocking sidewalks, midday attacks on residents, carjackings, and theft. Just last week, a CNN reporter was actually robbed while live on the air, ironically while reporting on the city's crime problem.
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Ronen then slammed the current police chief for spending money on a retail theft program instead of putting more cops on the street in her neighborhood to deal with the problem.
"It hurts. And I feel betrayed by the department. I feel betrayed by the mayor. I feel betrayed by the priorities of the city,” she said.
But three years ago, her priorities appeared quite different, too. In fact, back in the summer of 2020, when it was the cool thing for a leftist politician to do, Ronen was openly calling to defund the police and pulling officers off the street in a warped quest for “racial justice.”
"I want to make it clear that I believe strongly in defunding the police and reducing the number of officers on our force,” she tweeted at the time. “For decades we’ve had an imbalance in our city’s budget, with hundreds of millions of dollars going to SFPD to have them do work they are not qualified to do.”
"After fighting to create Mental Health SF which redirects funds to mental health care crisis teams instead of police, I believe without a shadow of a doubt that SFPD is not where we should be putting our money," she went on.
I want to make it clear that I believe strongly in defunding the police and reducing the number of officers on our force. For decades we’ve had an imbalance in our city’s budget, with hundreds of millions of dollars going to SFPD to have them do work they are not qualified to do.— Hillary Ronen (@HillaryRonen) August 17, 2020
It’s a pretty classic case of you get what you wish for. It just so happens that what Ronen wished for was massively stupid.