San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, Supervisor Ahsha Safai Respond to Union Square Looting, Vandalism

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — After a string of smash-and-grab robberies resulted in more than $1 million worth of items stolen from stores in San Francisco’s Union Square Friday night, city leaders are responding.

“I mean, it was absolutely shocking,” said District 11 Supervisor, Ahsha Safai.

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Safai tells ABC7 news that one of those arrested Friday night was also arrested for gun possession in March.

He says organized crime will continue to plague the city unless those responsible are held accountable.

“We need to make sure this has consequences and we need to get the message across that Union Square is safe, that we want people to shop and that we don’t tolerate this kind of behavior,” Safai said.

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin says he is outraged by Friday’s events and has a team working with SFPD 24 hours a day.

“We are investigating every possible criminal charge related to the conduct. We will use every tool in our tool belt,” Boudin said.

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But it’s not just Friday night’s direct losses that worry city leaders, telling me the ripple effects may also be alarming.

“If retail frontline workers don’t feel safe, if shoppers don’t feel safe, stores will eventually close. If stores close, we lose sales tax,” Safai said.

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Safai believes that this potential could have a major impact on the city, affecting not only businesses but also ordinary residents.

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And while critics say Boudin is soft on crimes like shoplifting, he says to see real change, the incentive has to be taken away.

“We need to get to the root of the problem. We need to take apart the fencing operations that make it profitable. And we need to make sure we don’t limit ourselves to what just happens in San Francisco,” Boudin said.

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