On Thursday, San Francisco Mayor London Breed released a plan to redistribute $120 million from the city’s budget for law enforcement to programs aimed at supporting the black community in the city.
Bay Area public radio station KQED reported:
San Francisco Mayor London Breed on Thursday announced a plan for how the city will spend $120 million over the next two years, pulled from law enforcement budgets, to reinvest in the city’s long-underserved Black communities.
“The Dream Keeper Initiative,” as it’s dubbed, increases investments in workforce development, health campaigns, youth and cultural programs and housing support. The allocations reflect spending priorities conveyed by Black residents during a series of community meetings and public surveys led last year by the city’s Human Rights Commission, Breed said.
Black people make up only about 5% of San Francisco’s population — a proportion that has consistently decreased in the last 50 years — but make up nearly 40% of its homeless residents. Black residents have among the city’s highest mortality rates and lowest median household incomes, and are involved in a disproportionately high percentage of police use-of-force incidents.
London Breed is the city’s first African-American mayor.
The city plan follows similar schemes in Los Angeles, where Mayor Eric Garcetti promised last year that he would cut up to $150 million from the Los Angeles Police Department—more than 10% of the total—to invest in “color communities.”
The move was a response to the demands of demonstrators to “defund the police,” which followed the demonstrations by Black Lives Matter.
San Francisco is in the midst of a major crime surge, with murders increasing by 35% in 2020. The city has also become synonymous with petty crime and public nuisance, such as open drug use and defecation on the sidewalks, which has led many residents to consider moving elsewhere.
San Francisco district reports 340% spike in burglaries following Dems’ police reforms
San Francisco’s Richmond District has seen a rise in burglaries of 342.9% this year, according to the latest statistics from the City Police Department.
The San Francisco Police Department reported a total of 124 burglaries in Richmond as of Feb. 14, compared to 28 burglaries for the same period a year ago. Meanwhile overall burglaries in the city are up 62.5% with 1,123 burglaries reported as of Feb. 14 compared to 691 for the same period a year ago.
In addition, robberies, assaults, motor vehicle thefts, and arson in the Richmond district increased by 90.9%, 50%, 58.3%, and 25%, respectively, while rape and larceny theft decreased by 75% and 56.6%, respectively.
The data comes after San Francisco Mayor London Breed outlined a series of police reforms in June.
Among the reforms, Breed said that officers would no longer respond to calls that do not pose a threat to public safety. Instead, the police will be replaced by educated, unarmed professionals to limit unnecessary conflict between the police and the community.
Non-criminal appeals cover neighbor disputes, data on homeless persons and school disciplinary measures, among other activities.
The city also said at the time that it would strengthen police accountability policies, ban the use of military-grade weapons, and divert funding to address the inequalities in the Black community.