R.Readers were stunned when the San Francisco Chronicle asked in a Friday tweet whether residents should “tolerate burglaries” amid rampant urban crime.
“Local residents and city guides are looking for answers: Should they tolerate break-ins as part of city life and focus on barricading houses? The outlet tweeted along with a link to an article entitled, “Two men with long criminal history were caught stealing bicycles. What should SF do about you? ”
SAN FRANCISCO’S SELF-RELATED PROBLEM “ORGANIZED RETAIL CRIME” WILL NOT BE CLOSED
Local residents and city guides are looking for answers: Should they tolerate break-ins as part of city life and focus on barricading houses?
Should repeat offenders seek rehabilitation services or be incarcerated to prevent them from committing further offenses? https://t.co/F0kaALqjU1 pic.twitter.com/QMqOjXJFMl
– San Francisco Chronicle (@sfchronicle) November 5, 2021
The play examines the city’s drive for criminal justice reform while “debating how to tackle property crime, which has been among the highest in the country for years”.
Twitter users reacted harshly to the wording of the outlet.
“Can you imagine living in a city where it is considered more practical to barricade yourself in your home than (see notes) … to arrest intruders?” Wrote the Twitter user firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can you imagine living in a city where barricading yourself at home makes more sense than (see notes) … arresting intruders ?? l https://t.co/VujeHqSuEf
– email@example.com (@Jason) November 6, 2021
“Think how far the city of San Francisco has to be for their big newspaper to write the first sentence below as if it were a reasonable citizen question,” wrote another user, Jeff B. is * BOX OFFICE POISON *.
Think how far the city of San Francisco must have gone for their big newspaper to write the first sentence below like it was a reasonable citizen question. https://t.co/7Mrc20gjHs
– Jeff B. is * BOX OFFICE POISON * (@EsotericCD) November 6, 2021
“Posting this so that people who have never lived in SF can see the madness we are dealing with,” wrote former UFC fighter Jake Shields. “I saw it only get worse and fled a year ago, but I have friends who believe it will get better.”
Post this so that people who have never lived in SF will see the madness we are dealing with.
I saw it only get worse and fled a year ago, but I have friends who believe it will get better https://t.co/TDEncn5jNc
– Jake Shields (@jakeshieldsajj) November 6, 2021
San Francisco has seen a significant drop in police force in recent years, which some attribute to the left and anti-police policies of city officials.
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“This brazen criminal behavior is endured every day by the San Franciscans and is the direct result of the criminal-first agenda of District Attorney Chesa Boudin and his facilitators,” Tony Montoya, president of the San Francisco Police Officers Association, said in a June statement .