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‘Let Us Be Smart On Crime’: Remembering Kamala Harris As San Francisco’s Top Cop

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Kamala Harris, the first black district attorney elected in San Francisco, showcased her multicultural background during her inaugural ceremony.

Despite her campaign slogan of being “smart on crime,” her approach seemed more politically calculated than effective.

She faced criticism for her handling of the death penalty, her opposition to it leading to strained relationships with law enforcement.

“We recognized … as a prosecutor in law enforcement I have a huge stick,” said Kamala Harris in 2010.

“Let’s put an end, right here, to the question of whether we are tough on crime or soft on crime. Let us be smart on crime,” she continued.

“Today I want to be very clear: in the city and county of San Francisco, anyone who murders a police officer engaged in his or her duties will be met with the most severe consequences,” said Harris at the time.

Harris also drew backlash for dropping charges against violent protesters and manipulating conviction rates through plea deals, raising concerns about her commitment to justice.

Carol Espinoza commented, “She made the decision after just three days. My son wasn’t even in the ground yet.’”

At Espinoza’s funeral, Dianne Feinstein said, “This is not only the definition of tragedy, it’s the special circumstance called for by the death penalty law.”

In response to decriminalizing sex work, Harris said, “I think it’s completely ridiculous, just in case there’s any ambiguity about my position.”

“It would put a welcome mat out for pimps and prostitutes to come on into San Francisco,” she continued.

Despite her progressive stance on some issues, she took a cautious approach, leading to her reelection without a challenger.

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