As if to prove the point, a local news reporter from San Fransisco, while recording a segment on robberies In San Francisco, was robbed at gunpoint.
The reporter, Don Ford for KPIX 5, “was on the story Tuesday and again on Wednesday, and was preparing to interview nearby homeowners when a white luxury sedan with four men inside pulled up.” CBS San Francisco said.
“The car came up here while we were about to do an interview, three guys jumped out. One had a gun and put in my face and said, ‘We’re taking the camera,’” Ford said. “My whole thought at the moment was, ‘Be calm.’ Let’s not get this guy excited. He’s got the gun. I don’t. So you take you the camera. It’s yours, buddy.” Don told the station.
A local told CBS San Francisco, “I was worried that this is what’s gonna happen, because as thieves get more and more brazen, they do more and more brazenly things. I’m not making that up. We just had that experience today.”
Rafael Mandelman, a San Francisco District Supervisor said in a statement:
“Earlier this afternoon a reporter was robbed at gunpoint at Twin Peaks Blvd & Burnett Ave while interviewing a resident about car break-ins in the area. @SFPD officers are working to find those responsible and recover the camera. This incident is ridiculous & unacceptable but not entirely unexpected in San Francisco in 2021,” Mandelman said. “We need to adequately resource public safety agencies, adopt better strategies to stop repeat offenders & make clear that San Francisco is not a place that you can commit crimes & put people’s lives at risk with impunity.”
Earlier this afternoon a reporter was robbed at gunpoint at Twin Peaks Blvd & Burnett Ave while interviewing a resident about car break-ins in the area. @SFPD officers are working to find those responsible and recover the camera. This incident is ridiculous & unacceptable… 1/2
— Rafael Mandelman (@RafaelMandelman) March 3, 2021
The San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Authority delivered a statement:
“We are saddened to hear about what happened to reporter, Don Ford, while covering the story today,” SFMTA said. “In an attempt to address these concerns, the south end gate at Portola Drive was opened in September daily between 6:00 p.m. and midnight to provide local access to the top of the peaks for people driving. However, some unresolved issues remain, so the SFMTA worked with the community and other city departments including Rec and Park, SFPD and Public Works on new ideas to ensure access and balance needs at Twin Peaks.”
Why has crime become a pandemic in these cities? It is a combination of covid restrictions forcing more people into poverty, lax liberal laws on crime, and police departments being un able to meet thier obligations due to a lack of funding. Something that has becomer a hot topic recently after several Democrat run states and cities opted to cut funding for the police.