San Francisco’s DA Brooke Jenkins wants to give police access to private surveillance cameras

San Francisco's DA Brooke Jenkins wants to give police access to private surveillance cameras 2
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Brooke Jenkins, 40, is the new San Francisco DA

Brooke Jenkins, 40, is the new San Francisco DA

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San Francisco’s new no-nonsense DA Brooke Jenkins wants to give police access to private surveillance cameras in homes and businesses in an effort to crackdown on open-air drug markets and theft. 

In a drastic shift from her woke predecessor Chesa Boudin, Jenkins – who took office on Friday – wants to expand the current access that police forces have and allow them to tap into the cameras to monitor the crimes in real-time. 

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It is part of her widespread crack down on crime in the city, which she says has succumb to lawlessness in the name of criminal justice reform. 

Jenkins, 40, was sworn in by Mayor London Breed last week. She has not yet run for the job and will have to campaign in November, likely against Boudin. 

Currently, police departments are able to access the cameras in situations when there is deemed to be a serious risk of physical injury or death. 

Under the new rules that Jenkins is proposing, they could monitor the cameras to tackle pettier crimes that are terrorizing the city.

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‘I believe this policy can help address the existence of open-air drug markets fueling the sale of the deadly drug fentanyl.  

‘Drug dealers are destroying people’s lives and wreaking havoc on neighborhoods like the Tenderloin. 

‘Mass organized retail theft, like we saw in Union Square last year, or targeted neighborhood efforts like we’ve seen in Chinatown is another area where the proposed policy can help,’ Jenkins wrote in a letter to the Board of Supervisors Rules Committee that was obtained by SFGate.

Open air drug markets: Jenkins wants to eradicate San Fran's lawless culture where drug addicts shoot up freely in the streets

Open air drug markets: Jenkins wants to eradicate San Fran’s lawless culture where drug addicts shoot up freely in the streets 

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Brazen shoplifting: The new DA also wants police to have access in real-time to private business' surveillance cameras to stop widespread theft and looting

Brazen shoplifting: The new DA also wants police to have access in real-time to private business’ surveillance cameras to stop widespread theft and looting 

San Fran DA Brooke Jenkins rose through the ranks in DA’s office before joining effort to recall her predecessor

Brooke Jenkins has worked in the DA’s office since 2014. She is married and has three kids with her partner, Daniel. 

She studied first at UC Berkeley, where she obtained a degree in Political Science and African American studies in 2003, and at the University of Chicago, where she obtained her law degree in 2006. 

In the DA’s office, she rose through the ranks of the sexual assault unit and homicide unit. 

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The final straw with Boudin, for her, was when he refused to fight an insanity plea in a case of a murder suspect. 

Jenkins was the prosecutor in the case – the murderer was 29-year-old Daniel Gudino, who savagely murdered his own mother in 2020. 

Her body was so mutilated when she was found at home naked and drenched in blood that the coroner couldn’t figure out exactly how she was killed.  

He was found guilty of second degree murder but the jury was hung on whether or not he was legally sane. 

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Boudin accepted an insanity plea and as a result, despite Jenkins’ objections, and Daniel was put in a mental hospital rather than in prison.

Jenkins quit Boudin’s office in 2021 because of his refusal to prosecutote serious crimes, and she the effort to recall him. He was ousted on June 7. 

Mayor London Breed then appointed Jenkins as DA and she was sworn in on Friday, July 8. 

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The plan was originally proposed by the Mayor London Breed, who appointed Jenkins to replace Boudin after a disastrous year of crime in the city. 

The proposal has already been slammed by the ACLU and local politicians who say it would be an overreach and infringement on civilian privacy. 

‘As written, SFPD’s proposal would allow officers to use private cameras to monitor people going about their daily lives and to request troves of recorded footage, keeping it for years. 

‘It does not set any meaningful limits on how SFPD can share this video footage. 

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‘So, in practice, local police could conceivably turn over stockpiled and time-stamped footage to prosecutors from other states.’ 

The ACLU added that ‘potential targets would include ‘immigrants, religious minorities, LGBTQ people, abortion seekers, black people and any other frequent targets of state violence.’ 

It’s Jenkins’ second tough decision since she took office. 

Last week, in her first day on the job, she ordered her staff to review soft plea deals that allowed criminals to walk free.

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The meeting was immediately after she was sworn in. Staffers called it ‘icy’ and ‘horrible’. 

Jenkins revolted against Boudin, leading calls for a recall after watching his woke policies exasperate crime in the city. 

She has since vowed to restore law to San Francisco. 

‘Under my leadership the San Francisco District Attorney’s office will work diligently every single day to restore order to our city and to bring our city back to being the beautiful city that we know it is and the world renowned place that everybody loves to come visit.

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‘I want to make clear: Holding offenders accountable does not preclude us from moving forward with vital and important reforms to our criminal justice system. 

‘As a Black and Latina woman, I know very well the inequities that exist in our criminal justice system.

‘Accountability does not mean that we reject reform. We can have responsible reform and accountablity both at the same time. I vow to this city to balance both in pursuit of justice and safety for all,’ she tweeted last week. 

Jenkins has spent eight years in the DA's office working across the hate crimes unit, sexual assault crimes unit and the homicide division

Jenkins has spent eight years in the DA’s office working across the hate crimes unit, sexual assault crimes unit and the homicide division 

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Jenkins with her husband Daniel and two of their three kids. She was appointed by the Mayor last week

Jenkins with her husband Daniel and two of their three kids. She was appointed by the Mayor last week 

Jenkins with her husband Daniel. She obtained her law degree from the University of Chicago after studying political science at UC Berkeley

Jenkins with her husband Daniel. She obtained her law degree from the University of Chicago after studying political science at UC Berkeley 

Jenkins has worked in the DA’s office since 2014. She is married and has three kids with her partner, Daniel. 

Jenkins studied first at UC Berkeley, where she obtained a degree in Political Science and African American studies in 2003, and at the University of Chicago, where she obtained her law degree in 2006. 

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In the DA’s office, she rose through the ranks of the sexual assault unit and homicide unit. 

The final straw with Boudin, for her, was when he refused to fight an insanity plea in a case of a murder suspect. 

Out: Chesa Boudin was recalled thanks largely to an effort by Jenkins to boot him out of office

Out: Chesa Boudin was recalled thanks largely to an effort by Jenkins to boot him out of office

Boudin's woke policies led to more criminals being arrested and released repeatedly, which residents grew sick of growing crime

Boudin’s woke policies led to more criminals being arrested and released repeatedly, which residents grew sick of growing crime

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Jenkins was the prosecutor in the case – the murderer was 29-year-old Daniel Gudino, who savagely murdered his own mother. 

Her body was so mutilated when she was found at home naked and drenched in blood that the coroner couldn’t figure out exactly how she was killed.  

He was found guilty of second degree murder but the jury was hung on whether or not he was legally sane. 

Boudin accepted an insanity plea and as a result, Daniel was put in a mental hospital rather than in prison.

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