“San Francisco, as you can see from all the video, the boarded-up shops, empty spaces for retail, is a city that is spiraling or already in the bottom of the toilet,” Lieutenant Tracy McCray told Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
McCray, who oversees the robbery unit for the San Francisco Police Department, said theft and looting has gotten so bad that many businesses have decided to leave the city for good.
“I’m a native here, born and raised,” she said. “I see all of this in real-time and it is concerning. I see this when I’m working, I see it when I’m off duty, I see this as a vice president of the union representing the men and women trying to serve the city to the best of their ability.
“I don’t know about our other partners, but we have a problem,” she said. “Let’s recognize we have a problem and let’s get to a solution.”
Many critics have pointed to “Proposition 47,” a law that lowers the penalty for theft, as the reason robberies have become so common in San Francisco.
Just last week, a retired police officer was killed by looters after he was shot trying to protect a Bay Area television news crew from a smash-and-grab theft.
Kevin Nishita was an armed security guard for Star Protection Agency and provided security for television news crews in the region, which are often targeted by organized robbers for their equipment.
He was shot in the abdomen during an attempted robbery of KRON-TV’s camera equipment near downtown Oakland on Wednesday, police said.
McCray said there is a growing coalition of San Francisco residents who are ready to vote out leftist officials who refuse to crack down on crime, including the city’s socialist district attorney Chesa Boudin.
“It’s a cross-section of people who are now fed up,” she said. “We know what we need to do, let’s just have the guts to do it and stop talking about it. It’s incredibly frustrating.”