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Most Americans understand that our country has had a problem with a surge in crime over the last couple of years. In response, there has been a surge in gun purchases, and millions of law-abiding citizens have become first-time gun owners, as they understand that one of the most effective tools to better ensure their safety, and the safety of their loved ones, is a firearm.

Another way to better ensure the safety of American citizens is with an effective criminal justice system. It’s not a complicated concept, and one that can be understood by elementary school children.

Sadly, there are far too many politicians that have decided this concept is somehow outdated and needs to be “reformed.” The ill-conceived “defund the police” movement, naïve calls for eliminating cash bail that allows extremely violent predators to walk our streets even after they have been caught and charged with crimes, and the numerous George Soros-funded DAs that seem uninterested in doing their job of prosecuting violent criminals have all directly contributed to an increase in crime across the country.

Which brings us to San Francisco.

The City by the Bay was once a beautiful, relatively safe destination. Many accounts from long-time residents and recent visitors, however, indicate the city is now plagued with rampant homelessness, filth in the streets, and dramatic increases in crime.


Unfortunately, the city’s government has spent more time attempting to score political points by implementing the entire lexicon of progressive crime “reform” policies rather than focusing on keeping their residents safe.

Remember, this is a city whose Board of Supervisors declared NRA a “terrorist organization” in 2019, when such outrageously malicious and blatantly false messaging was being promoted by anti-gun extremists. The mayor was forced to back down on the Board’s “declaration” when the city faced an NRA lawsuit.

In 2022, voters recalled San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin (D)—a radical “progressive” who was backed by anti-gun billionaire George Soros, and ran on a platform of reduced incarceration, elimination of cash bail, and refusal to allow his office to assist federal authorities with capturing people who had entered our country illegally.

The successful signature drive to put Boudin’s recall on the ballot was spearheaded by two Democrats, and the vote to oust him saw a greater turnout than his original election, so perhaps there are signs of sanity emerging from the left coast’s most prominent bastion of liberal extremism.

Still, the sanity cannot come soon enough, as recent examples of the crime problem in San Francisco highlight the notion that there is still a long way to go.

Recently, it was reported that CNN reporters had their car broken into and items stolen, in San Francisco. And while theft is bad enough, the crew was apparently working on a story “about voter discontent with the city’s rampant street crime,” making the crime fairly ironic. That’s just an observation, not an attempt at making humor out of the situation, as it gets even worse. Kyung Lah, a CNN senior national correspondent that was part of the reporting team, tweeted about the experience, stating, “Got Robbed. Again.”

Since it had happened to her before, you would think she would have taken precautions. Turns out, she did, as her tweet also mentioned, “We had security to watch our rental car + our crew car.” Yes, things are so bad in San Francisco that you can even go the extra mile of hiring private security to protect your belongings, and you can still become a victim of theft.

Snehal Antani, who describes himself as “an entrepreneur, technologist, and investor,” also recently tweeted about a car break-in experienced by work colleagues who were in San Francisco from out of town (perhaps from another country).

Antani, CEO of the San Francisco-based cybersecurity company, posted, “A teammate visiting San Francisco for an offsite called me frantically last night. After dinner at Fisherman’s Wharf they came back to a smashed car window and 2 stolen backpacks. $10K in gear lost, passports gone, etc. #San Francisco.”

Responses to the tweet contained what one might expect from random people on Twitter; some were sympathetic, others blamed the victims for not being more aware of the potential for having a car broken into, and plenty of people implied these crime victims were “snowflakes” after Antani suggested they might be “scarred forever” after being victimized.

But the reason we mention Antani’s tweet is because of one particular responder, as reported by Red State. A gentleman named John Hamasaki tweeted, “Interesting. Would getting your car window broken and some stuff stolen leave you ‘scarred forever’? Is this what the suburbs do to you? Shelter you from basic city life experiences so that when they happen you are broken to the core?”

Now, Hamasaki has no idea if the crime victims were actually from “the suburbs,” but besides that presumption and his condescension, there is probably no better example of the state of crime in American cities than his assumption that being a crime victim should be thought of as part of “basic city life experiences….”

And who is John Hamasaki? He’s a former San Francisco police commissioner and a failed candidate for San Francisco DA, having lost the 2022 special election to replace the recalled Chesa Boudin. He is, in other words, one of the reasons crime in San Francisco has become such a problem. When a former police commissioner opines that being a victim of crime is merely a part of “basic city life experiences,” it is easy to see how crime can get out of hand.

Hamasaki even seems to humble brag about his own crime victimization. In an interview with SFGate, he noted, “I’ve been a victim of a host of crimes in San Francisco; I’ve had my windows broken four times.” So, since he is often a crime victim, he thinks others shouldn’t make such a big deal out of it when they are victims?

Thankfully, there is that “former” tag when referring to his stint as police commissioner, and he also managed to lose the race to become the city’s district attorney.

Again, perhaps there are signs that sanity is taking grip in San Francisco. But, given the city’s recent “solutions” to its crime problem, perhaps not.


This article originally appeared at and is reprinted here with permission. 

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  1. Nothing new. I lived the hip, young professional city life 20 years ago and my peers all pretty much expected to be mugged or have their vehicles broken into. When, because it always did happen eventually, it did happen it was always excused with the typical liberal BS. The perp needed it more, it was okay because things can be replaced, I shouldn’t have a car in the city anyway, etc…

    Right up until a high profile home invasion in which two of the most beloved hipster icons of the scene were blown away for a TV and an Xbox. Suddenly it became a serious issue. Not serious enough to actually do anything about it but serious enough that it wasn’t cool and fun to be a victim of the local wildlife.

    Time passed and this event was essentially forgotten as the hip, young professionals of the time grew up and moved away and a new generation of self-depricating, white-guilt ridden hipsters moved on in.

    And so the cycle continues.

    • Joe Biden is purposely letting in tens of millions of illegals so Americans get use to all the crime.
      Then the democrats have something to “fight for” in treating the symptoms.
      The democrats never solve the problem, just treat the symptoms.
      Mission accomplished.

  2. There is a cynical saying in Australia that someone should not be a judge until their wife has been assaulted, daughter raped and their house burgled.

    Too many judges I’ve meet and seen their work let offenders off with community service or home detention that never happens.

    State government here just announced a few weeks back that youth offenders (under 18) will no longer get no cash bail. Policy introduced in 2016 and a massive failure.

  3. Radio said Nashville perp was a trans which confirms my assertions that perps come in all shapes, sizes, colors, gender(s), ages, etc.
    Anyone fixated on the boogeyman fitting the description that lives rent free between their ears has what it takes for a violent perp that does not fit the description to succeed.

    Reports say she had so called assault weapons and a gun. OK. A six shooter can be used to murder 3 children and 3 adults. It also can be used to put 6 rounds in a murderous perp providing adults in care of children are armed and were not ambushed…Perp succeeded because she met no resistence as seen happen in the Uvaldie tragedy. Frankly anyone calling for Gun Control off the backs of the deceased needs a swift kick in the pants.

    • …a TRANSGENDER “woman”…something I suspected from the start of this thing when I heard it was a Christian school…despite the media’s best attempt to shift the narrative to guns this has the potential to shift it in a direction the left and the media really doesn’t want it to go…especially when you see how premeditated and diabolically planned this event was giving strong indication of the motive…FOX should have a field day with this one……

      • map plus manifesto equals premeditation

        I wonder how his/her/its manifesto compares to dacian’s?

        Probably a similar diatribe blaming everyone else for their problems.

    • ….and once again the perp was able to gain entrance…if that doesn’t happen this doesn’t happen…the only people permitted inside a school should be the students, staff and an occasional parent…normal glass won’t stop bullets, something we should have learned from Sandy Hook….that’s the real lesson from all of this yet people refuse to learn it…

        • same trick the dirtbag who shot up Sandy Hook used.
          WHAT IF… at Sandy Hook and Uvalde and Stoneman Douglas and here, SCHOOL STAFF had been armed and trained to deal with exactly THIS scenario? One teacher with a nine mil handgun who KNOWS how to handle it WOULD have put paid to every one of these massacres and more besides.
          Ohio’s FASTER Saves Lives does exactly this… and at NO COST to the taxpayers. And in all the school districts in Ohio where /faster trained folks are present there has not been even ONE massacre since Sandy Hook took place.

        • Turned on the news this morning, my first mistake, and news stations are already running out claiming “The world is calling for gun comtrol” after this event. Dirtbag lying mainstream media. Be weary of more false flags to continue to strip away the 2A.

        • The school security cam shows “it” shooting out the glass pane next to the locked doors with “its” 9mm KelTec Sub2000 carbine. Real question: the three guns “it” took to murder Christians cost at least $2000. Plus the other 4 guns left at home (parents house it seems). “It” was 28, with a weird job making graphic art materials with radical left nonsense. So where did all the cash to buy all this gear come from? New, maxed out credit cards (which will never be paid)? Is the overdose of testosterone treatments into a estrogen designed body creating rage in f2m trannies? Or the equally poisonous estrogen poisoning in m2f types?

  4. Kyung Lah, a CNN senior national correspondent is somehow shocked she would be a victim of crime like she is unique and it simply doesn’t happen very much at all.

    That’s interesting, I’m wondering for which country she is a ‘national correspondent’ because there are simply so many crime victims in the US it would be difficult for an actual ‘national correspondent’ for the US to ignore to think crime doesn’t happen very often.

      • Yep, late 1800s, required in order to clean out the massively corrupt city government and their cronies. Just like today’s environment with the Dems. Units of cavalry (federal) were sent in to stop the purge of the bad guys and “restore order”.

    • No. Keep the police but clean them up. Same time, make it an everyday thing for all law abiding citizens to be sufficiently armed and skilled to take out the bad guys when they pop their heads up.

      Let each criminal be left in the dark about the consequences of his actions. Meanwhile the good citizens “out there” will feel much more free to “take care of business” without the need for LE. And as WE THE PEOPLE rise up and take care of “the security of a free state” on our own, crime WILL shrink

    • On the face of this argument, it sounds great. However, few here have had the experience of being in an inner city environment. I worked LAPD for 23 years, much of it in the south end. The gangs are well organized and heavily armed. They might have trouble working in an area where they stood out but any neighborhood armed watch would have trouble keeping up with them. A drive by takes only a few seconds and can come anytime 24/7. Cops who work the south end are extremely vigilant, but they still get ambushed. I believe what would happen was the absence of police would incline the gangbangers to roam out of their normal area slowly. No police is a fine idea until your wife is worried sick and wants out.

  5. Libertarians liberals and the left say this all the time. And they don’t believe you have the right to use deadly force if necessary, to protect your private property. But they are very comfortable with the state killing you to protect State Property.

    You will be arrested if you threaten to kill someone to protect what you own. But 50 cops will show up to arrest shoplifters, running out of the many high-end, $$$, retail stores in San Francisco.

    And they support drug use in public. And they support people urinating and defecating in public. However they make sure that they don’t live anywhere near, these things that they support other people doing.

      • to Kyle
        I wish I was wrong. But I’m not. And it bothers me that Libertarians will not take responsibility for the results, of the actions that they support. They support the open use of drugs in public. They call that freedom. It’s not just that that they support the legalization part, in you own home.

        They have openly called for the repeal of laws against urinating in public. And they want to avoid the responsibility for supporting this. When it creates a health hazard for the general public.

        With Liberty comes responsibility and consequences. And I know the Libertarians hate it when I say this.

        They all supported the passage of proposition 47. Unfortunately Libertarians are just like the Republicans and the Democrats. Because the Libertarians didn’t read proposition 47 before they supported and voted for it. Or they didn’t care.

        They didn’t care about the details. They just wanted the l e g a l i z a t i o n.

    • Please CITE at least five incidents within the last two years were San Francisco coppers showed up to arrest ANY shoplifters within their jurisdiction.
      It aint happening. WHY are so many small businesses within SF city limits closing up their shops and leaving town?

      • It’s going to get really interesting when the residents in these cities have to travel miles upon miles out of their way, to do their weekly grocery shopping.

        And then I’m sure they will blame those mean nasty conservative Republicans for the situation they created for themselves.

        “Walmart is closing a batch of stores in 2023”

        “Walgreens closing locations in SF and Oakland”

        “CVS closing stores in major US cities.”

        “Retail Giants Flee Democratic States: Is YOUR Store Safe?” video 20 min long

        You certainly have the freedom to do away with law enforcement. Now just live with the consequences.

  6. I don’t want my things stolen, my wife raped, and my teenage daughter pregnant by the high school football coach. That’s why we don’t live in Shelby county. Here in Tipton county some have trouble too, but not redneck, he ain’t wound real tight. Been here 24 years, still don’t lock my doors. Never had anything stolen.

    • neighborhoods can change quickly…especially these days..and a little paranoia, fostering an element of caution…is never a bad thing…just a practical one….

  7. The sad part is people actually liked that comment labeling it a “basic city life experience”.


    In other news – more Americans are learning the true value day by day of the second amendment as well as learning that states like Texas just might be onto something with laws that allow you to protect your property. It’s insane to think we live in a society that has more laws to protect alleged criminals than is does the victims of crime. And if you try to rationalize with these people who think “protection of property should not advocate violence” their reasoning is because people have “hardships” and you would never understand unless you experienced those hardships. It’s bullshit. Poverty/starvation/hardships are not synonymous with crime. I actually had this exact discussion with someone today.

    It’s a long one, but here it is:

    __Them: If you’re living in a bad place, with no money, no shelter, no opportunity to ever get work and haven’t eaten in 7 days, there is not a single human on this world that would rather starve to death then steal food. If you never had the same hunger, as someone near starvation you can’t even imagine what it feels like. There should be a consequence to stealing but only if it’s to make yourself more wealthy, rather then trying not to die. If you shot someone because of a single loaf of bread and then see him being just skin and bones, you would have been permitted to shoot him but could you live with the thought that if your life would had been different, you could be in switched positions? Hard moral question, that’s up very everyone themselves to decide.

    __Me: I get what you are saying, and yes, there is a “morality clause” to it – but “in a bad place, no money, no shelter” paired with “no opportunity”? The two are not mutually exclusive states. In our more modern societies, there is help for those that want it and need it. Your argument has valid points, I’m not refuting that, but I am arguing the state of it’s being. Crime and poverty/starvation are not synonyms and do not go hand in hand every single time.

    Stand your ground/castle doctrines can still be legally challenged and not all cases are justifiable. Please don’t forget that. Self defense and defense of personal property would still require a justifiable response. For example ( I hate playing the what if game, but it can be helpful to paint a picture) – if you hear your vehicle being broken into or a commotion outside your house, on your property, you investigate and should be allowed to defend said property regardless of if you are threatened. They knowingly and willfully ventured on to personal property with the intent of committing said crime. If someone is stealing food from a grocery store, that does not always justify the same response. Now if that shop owner feels it did – then it could be legally challenged the same as someone on your property committing any crime. But that’s the basics of those laws – they exist to protect you – not the criminals committing them.

    The fact is, in our societies there are more laws protecting alleged criminals than there are people who defend either themselves or their property. That needs to change. But the morality of the game you are playing, considering crime to be mutually exclusive to “hardships” should not dismiss the argument or personal property protection itself. There is still grounds for the legal system to work in all those scenarios.

    __Them: I definetly see your points, also being the victim of a theft with property damage or intruders is already psychologically damaging and yes you should be allowed to protect your own life when ever there is a rightfully reason to do so.

    I think your are probably a citizen of the United Staates of American which I’m not. So I’m can’t really discuss the rights a convicted criminal has in your country or state.

    But what I’m considering with my arguments is not only the justification of killing a thief in the US of A but also in the whole world. There are many places where the majority of people don’t have access to healthcare even if they are working 14 hours a day and where the edge to becoming homeless is one bad political move away. This is best seen in places like Venezuela, Haiti or Somalia.

    In some places the punishment for theft is getting your hand/hands chopped of and that already is mindblowing considered that the poverty rate is huge and there is no other way to eat.

    Overall what I’m trying to express here is that we should all not judge people because of their actions to quickly, as we can never know the full story without a proper conversation and the reason behind the crime.

    Killing is done quick and easily, listening and helping is slow but rewarding.


    At that point, I’m not even going to bother responding again. You want to avoid “judging” someone that is committing a crime? Sure, it depends on the crime being committed, I’ve already mentioned that – but again, confusing a morale compass with defense of ones self/property is not the same thing. The funny thing was, they were replying to a comment on a meme that said “India is saving rhinos from poachers by simply gunning down poachers”. Someone said something along the lines of “majority of crimes should be met with harsher punishment” and mentioned thieves. It was a very vague comment this person chose to blow out of proportion and make assumptions and play the “what if” card on over a broad spectrum of “thieves” and what/where they are committing the crime. It’s like talking to a revolving door…I just want to result to a 5 year old me and go “No shit sherlock, I already said that.”

  8. empathy is a worthy quality…to a point…at which time it becomes enabling…one party seems a bit short of it…while the other overindulges in it with endless excuses…if they could round up normal, law-abiding Japanese and place them in camps, they should have no problem doing the same thing with the homeless types that infest the city….it’s simply a matter of acquiring the will to do it….

  9. Just remember that there are actually people who consider John Hamasaki to be a quality candidate for DA and they vote…That’s how bad it is in SF.

  10. I have a vague, perhaps faulty, recollection that the prosecutor in the Bernhard Goetz case told the jury that getting mugged was a small price to pay for living in a great city like New York. The jury must not have agreed since they found Goetz not guilty of attempted murder.

    I also remember the admonition, perhaps out of Australia, “Never resort to violence, not even to save your life.” I doubt you can reach people who place such a low value on themselves.

    • Was that bit of advice emanating from the government, or from private citizens who still fall into the category of “not yet mugged” as opposed to the category of “been mugged”?

  11. “Being Victimized by Criminals is Now a ‘Basic City Life Experience’”

    It’s a symptom of a serious mental illness disease, self-loathing.

    These are the kinds of people who would gladly let city conditions degrade to the point of serious medical disease and physical safety that they will gladly chose to step over the solid human waste and ignore the muggings and rape and theft of lawlessness.

    And they will do it while getting an endorphin rush in the process. They consider it proof that they care more about others than we do… 🙁

  12. I visited San Fran Sicko a few times in the mid to late nineties for conferences and weddings. Even then, Union Square smelled like feces and urine and you needed to step over homeless bums passed out on the sidewalk. I haven’t been back since. I can’t imagine what it’s like now.

    • I last visited SF in the late ’90s. My two colleagues and I had dinner on the waterfront and rode a cable car. There were beggars asking for handouts but none were aggressive. It may have made a difference that it was daylight and one of us was a rather burly black guy. Given what I’ve read, I wouldn’t go back now.

  13. YEP !!!

  14. Yea, it’s super fun. I live in a sane California county, (yes they do exist), and I have to drive in and go into government buildings all the time, so…I get to leave my gun in a car, often on the street, for prolonged periods of time.

    …super fun.

  15. let’s be real and just say it – if we didn’t have black and brown people in America, violent crime would plummet to levels similar to that of Luxembourg.

  16. “City by the Bay was once a beautiful, relatively safe destination” BS.

    The last time I was in the cesspool by the bay was 1993. My car was broken into on the street in a “good neighborhood”. If the entire mess sank into Pacific it would be a positive for the US.

    • It’s a pity that predictions about a gigantic earthquake causing California to slide into the Pacific never came true.

    • I went to college in the SF Bay Area mid-1960’s and spent a LOT of time IN San /frncisco in the two decades after that. Got about by bicycle and sometimes a car. Never came close to being scared or even uncomfortable, with a few exceptions when the local coppers somehow decided this long-haired critter was trouble on two legs and began to harass.
      Of course one advantage of travelling by bicycle is that they are VERY maneouverable and fast n settings like urban SF.
      Even during the “piece-luv” era I never had any issues.

  17. Only got past the first pargraph. NO need to read further because it’s just thee saame old, same old PUBLICITY for theout of control FIREARMS INDUSTRY. When I read this colunm I amamqazed o atthe sheerlevity of most of nthe corespondents and the political swing they put on all thingsfirearmns,. The fact that there is an average at the moment of 22/25,000 [which is forecast to rise to 35,000 by the mid 2030’s] victims of gun crime PER ANNUM, which by the way is MULTIPLES of the casualties in the US ARMED FORCES from all causes per annum, is surely beyond the point of POLITICAL HAY MAKING
    Surely it’s about time that SOMEBODY saw the relationship between GUNCRIME, the availability of firearms, lax licensing, lax firearms security and the irresponsible behaviour of GUN OWNERS.
    When you look at the same guncrime figures for EUROPE or CANADA for example do you corespondents not sometimes wonder why shootings are so rare that a single incident and a single casualty makes HEADLINE NEWS across the media. I do not have the figure infront of me for recent byears but i the average number of iLLEGAL deaths inthe UK has hardly ever exceed 1000 and that include GUN CRIME,KNIFE CRIME, MANSLAUGHTER [where death was not the intention] DOMESTIC VIOLENCE and INCIDENCES of TERRORISM. Translated to the USA on a per capita basis that equates to around 5000 illegal deaths in the USA from ALL CAUSES.
    AS youm have pointed out A crime increases so does GUN OWNERSHIP-especially I suspect HANDGUNS. So one is not doing much for the other is it?
    Go back down history and trace GUN OWNERSHIP in the USA [and I have] and then tell me that there IS NOT a corollation between gun ownership supposedly ‘for self defence ‘ and gun crime?
    The fact is that in societies like the UK,Europe and Canada for instance where gun ownership, whilst NOT absolutely, banned, is subject to need, and self defence is nOT a need, criminals seldom carry firearms simply because THEY do not expect to emcounter armed victims.
    Apart from that in the uK at least there has nevr ever been a GUN OWNING society or a fascination with them either. Even when most firearms were legal and available to anyone with the money to get one the vast majority of peoiple did not own a firearm and saw no need to, and the POLICE were even then unarmed> Mind you to ”Kill a Copper” at the time was an automatic Death Sentence and to commit any crime in the possession of a firearm woyuld have meant at least 15 years Hard Labour and not just for you but any accomplice as well.

    • Ah Prince Albert, you refuse to differentiate between murders or self defense homicides and suicides. The number of homicides is less than 10,000 per year. Two thirds of those are bad guys killing bad guys (blacks on blacks)or good guys killing bad guys.

      The “gun industry” has nothing to do with this subject, unless you believe that the car industry is responsible for the 1000’s of DUI caused deaths per year.

      Unlike you (in the UK) we have freedoms here. We don’t require permission (except in some far left run jurisdictions) to own guns (as long as we meet the age and history conditions put in force by the Gun Control ct of 1968). You live in a very totalitarian society (just like the Brit author George Orwell predicted in “1984”), yet you have increasing numbers of rapes, assault, and murders (usually knives) in the UK, and mostly by the Moslem hordes being let in.

      The main driver of crime in the US is the black population (maybe 30% of them, the rest being good people). Black thugs buy stolen guns on the black market in crime infested Dem cities like Chicago. The murder RATE (around 4%, while in the UK it is around 13% last time I looked) has been steadily dropping even as the population steadily rises.

      The notion of private ownership of weapons in the UK has been savagely repressed over the centuries by your kings and lords. They wanted to curtail any thought of armed uprising in response to their oppression.

  18. a big blue city experience is more like it
    new york city isnt the way it is now
    when rudy giuliani was running it

  19. Big cities, like NY,NY, LA, Frisco etc et all were once considered ‘the place to be’.
    Exciting, culture, good jobs, civilized places for the cool folks.
    Now, just parasites on the body of America.
    They produce nothing, culture is a street full of tents and poop, jobs are ‘service oriented’ i.e. retail. food service or drones in an office, and gangs.
    A side issue is that for too long we have allowed politicians to get away with small offenses, and just like criminals, left unpunished, and just like crooks, no punishment is a sign of weakness and/or acceptance, so things will continue to escalate.

  20. This is where Communism has gradually taken hold in America. The lowering of expectations for standard of living, giving up Constitutional rights, accepting being a victim of crime, not questioning authority, etc. has slowly been taking place since the late 1960’s. Former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev said that they would conquer us from within without firing a shot. His prediction is becoming true.

  21. It’s is interesting that this story came out today. I was just looking at concerts coming to New Orleans (I live in a small town 40 miles away) and remembered I will not go to N. O. anymore. The sad part is the local news will start out with ‘Breaking news. people shot and killed in (fill in the area)’. It is not breaking news. It is another day in N. O. And over 700 cars stolen so far this year (maybe more, haven’t paid much attention lately). This is the norm for N. O. Shootings, kilings, car-jackings (haven’t heard much lately about them. Don’t know if they’re down or the media quit reporting them) and car break-ins is the ‘new’ New Orleans. unlike S.F and Chicago, the N.O. police are severely understaffed and are doing the best they can.


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