Mayor Gavin Newsom says he’s tired of outsiders causing trouble in The City.
Responding to a reported increase in felony arrests in the Tenderloin as part of the latest police sweep, Newsom on Friday afternoon said there’s no doubt in his mind that a good portion of those detained are not from San Francisco.
“What we are discovering, not surprisingly, is how many people are not from San Francisco that come in and are predators against poor people,” Newsom said.
And just wait till you look at these folks’ rap sheet, the mayor said.
“You wait till you hear the details of some of the people being arrested,” he said, adding that we will notice in an upcoming announcement by Chief George Gascón how many of those arrests were people are on probation or parole.
“We can’t put up with people who are arrested 15, 20, 30 times,” he said.
Newsom took the opportunity to tout the controversial Community Justice Center, saying the increased arrests in the Tenderloin are not about “locking them up and throwing away the keys,” but about “changing behavior.”
As for why the sweep was being conducted in the Tenderloin, Newsom pointed to the number of families living there.
“There are more kids per capita in the Tenderloin than any other part of The City,” Newsom said. “The most vulnerable San Franciscans are in that part of town.”