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San Francisco Reduces Drug Crime Enforcement

According to The Wall Street Journal, drug crime enforcement will be reduced in the city of San Francisco. The San Francisco Police Department will be concentrating its focus on violent crimes, instead. Also, a 10 percent police force cut due to budgetary constraints influenced this decision. State and Federal grants to help drug enforcement have decrease by $600,000.

Drug arrests city wide dropped by 14 percent. Overall crime decreased 5 percent and the total arrests reported fell 8 percent from January to mid-June.

District Attorney George Gascon feels drug possession is a health issue as opposed to a criminal issue. Gascon advocates for Judges deciding to charge simple possession of drugs as a misdemeanor, rather than a felony.

In 2010, the city’s police department encountered a scandal. It was forced to close their crime lab because a worker sniffed evidence. This scandal led to the dismissal of many cases. After further investigation, the District’s Attorney General’s office reported the department falsify facts on reports for accused drug possessors. About 12 officers were suspended and a criminal investigation ensued.

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