SF District Attorney Background May be Contributing Factor to Two Indicted Officers in the Last Two Weeks
San Francisco, CA – Over the last two weeks, two rookie SFPD officers have been indicted, largely in part to the legal schemes of newly-elected District Attorney Chesa Boudin. This is the first time in years SFPD officers have faced charges, and there’s a good explanation for that: Simply put, DA Boudin is the product of a parental upbringing that ingrained in him a hatred of the police.
Both of Boudin’s parents did prison time in connection with the murders of two police officers and a security guard while members of the Weather Underground, an organization labeled by the FBI as a terrorist group due to their bombings of federal buildings and attacks on law enforcement. After his mother and father were sent to prison, his adoptive father became Bill Ayers, the founder of Weather Underground.
The most recent indictment involves rookie officer Christopher Flores. Surveillance video clearly shows burglary suspect Jamaica Hampton attacking Flores and his partner, Officer Sterling Hayes, in 2019 with a vodka bottle. During the struggle, Officer Flores lost his baton, which was tantamount to hand-to-hand combat with Hampton. Officer Flores was also hit over the head with the bottle, causing bleeding and a fractured skull, according to the police union.
Officer Hayes was forced to shoot Hampton several times when Hampton lunged towards him while still holding the bottle. Hampton dropped to the ground, but then started to get up again, presumably to reengage officers. Officer Flores then fired one round at Hampton when Hampton rose up toward them.
Officer Hayes, who had a different view of Hampton and was able to see that he had dropped the weapon, told Officer Flores to stop shooting, which he did.
San Francisco Police Officers Association President Tony Montoya said Officer Flores suffered a fractured skull, cuts and bruises from Hampton’s attack. Montoya said the indictment of Officer Flores was “totally appalling.”
Still, Boudin elected to suspend the process of prosecuting suspect Hampton, a decision that led to a grand jury decision this week to indict Flores, even though the evidentiary jury is still out on whether the one shot fired by Officer Flores actually hit Hampton.
Hampton was also indicted for his role in the incident last week despite the postponement. Hampton was said to have spent several months in the hospital, losing partial use of one of his arms and having part of a leg amputated.
After the indictment announcement, Boudin tweeted, “I encourage Officer Flores and Mr. Hampton to voluntarily surrender.”
Recuse yourself. You have always hated cops. pic.twitter.com/wWp28jmQO3
— The Campaign to Recall Chesa Boudin (@recallchesa) December 8, 2020
Boudin’s platform for his campaign to become San Francisco’s DA did not hide the fact that he was out to seek justice for criminals, rather than for victims, and to drastically reduce the amount of incarcerations in the county. He has not yet been in office for one year, but his anti-law enforcement agenda is becoming clearly apparent, if it wasn’t already, given his campaign and upbringing with cop-killing parents.
Attorney General William Barr promptly even spoke out during Boudin’s campaign, saying his ascension into office would endanger the public safety of San Francisco residents.
Even SFPD Chief William Scott, who has in the recent past been criticized by the union for not supporting his rank and file officers, released a statement condemning the indictments. The statement can be read below.
A reliable source that spoke with Law Enforcement News Network on the condition of anonymity. The source said that the indictment of two rookie cops over the last two weeks during Boudin’s short tenure as DA is sending the message that “it’s open season on police” in the beautiful city by the bay.
Sadly, many lament the city is fast-descending into a state of lawlessness, and not by fault of the brave men and women in blue.
Officer Flores and Hampton both turned themselves in to authorities on Tuesday of this week.
Chief Scott’s released read as follows:
“Today I was informed of a felony indictment by a grand jury against Officer Christopher Flores regarding his involvement in an officer-involved shooting that occurred on December 7, 2019. Given the facts as we know them, I am surprised and quite frankly disappointed by this felony indictment against one of our officers.
“Our officers responded to a 911 call on a “hot prowl burglary,” a potentially dangerous crime in which an offender breaks into a home while its occupants are inside. In this case, the 911 call came from the occupant — a young mother at home with her infant child.
Rookie San Francisco officer Christopher Flores is indicted in a 2019 shooting of a burglary suspect.
Jamaica Hampton spent months in the hospital, had his leg amputated and lost partial use of his arm.https://t.co/0V9qQh6Z2Z
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) December 8, 2020
“A short time later, our officers encountered an individual matching the suspect’s description. Audio and video evidence shows that the suspect initiated a violent, unprovoked attack on the officers — repeatedly striking Officer Flores in the head with a thick glass bottle, which resulted in serious injuries. Video evidence also shows that the subject — Mr. Jamaica Hampton — pursued Officer Flores as Flores was retreating. Both officers subsequently discharged their firearms, causing life-threatening injuries to Mr. Hampton.
“The San Francisco Police Department’s Use of Force policy states that “an immediate threat is considered to exist if a suspect has demonstrated actions that would lead one to reasonably believe that the suspect will continue to pose a threat if not apprehended without delay. A person is an immediate threat if the officer reasonably believes the person has the present intent, means, opportunity, and ability to complete the threat regardless of whether the threatened action has been initiated.”
“Moreover, the San Francisco Police Department’s Use of Force policy — consistent with the legal standard and prevailing case law based on the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Graham v. Conner, 490 U.S. 386 (1989) — states: “The reasonableness of a particular use of force must be judged from the perspective of a reasonable officer on the scene, rather than 20/20 hindsight, and without regard to the officer’s underlying intent or motivation.”
“Officer Flores and Mr. Hampton — whom I understand was also indicted on the matter — are both entitled to all rights guaranteed by the Constitution, including the right to trial by a jury of their peers. In accordance with the Constitution, both men are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
“While I find today’s indictment surprising and troubling based on the circumstances, I have faith in our judicial system and confidence that justice will ultimately be done in this case.
“The administrative investigations on this case by the San Francisco Police Department and the Department of Police Accountability are pending adjudication.
“The San Francisco Police Department has been as transparent as the law allows regarding the facts of this investigation. Audio and video evidence from the incident was presented in a public town hall on December 17, 2019, and I would encourage members of the public who are interested in this matter to review the evidence online at https://www.sanfranciscopolice.org/news/notes-used-presentation-december-17-2019- town-hall-address.”