Drunk driver in lethal hit-and-run accident was repeat offender of multiple offenses
Two people have been killed in a hit-and-run by a “nonviolent” drunk driver who had been repeatedly allowed to walk free by San Francisco’s “uber progressive” district attorney.
The perpetrator, Troy McCallister, was a repeat offender who had previously escaped charges for multiple offenses under San Francisco’s Democrat DA Chesa Boudin’s “reforms.“
McCallister was the drunk driver who struck 60-year-old Elizabeth Platt and 27-year-old Hanako Abe on New Year’s Eve in San Francisco, The Washington Free Beacon reported.
In April, McCallister had accepted a plea agreement over a robbery charge that allowed him to remain on the streets.
Since then, he had been arrested numerous times for a multitude of crimes, including for car theft just two weeks before the hit-and-run.
“But none of those arrests led to prosecution and incarceration, thanks to Boudin’s soft-touch prosecutorial practices,” the Free Beacon reports.
“The progressive D.A. made his refusal to charge even serial offenders like McAllister for nonviolent offenses a hallmark of his campaign—a position he may now be reevaluating,” the Beacon continues.
“But the San Francisco D.A.’s prior inaction may still come back to bite him, as he faces a recall effort and harsh criticism from the city’s police union.”
As the Free Beacon reported, Boudin’s progressive bonafides earned him his position as D.A.:
Boudin’s progressive pedigree has distinguished him even among other reformist district attorneys, such as his predecessor, George Gascón, who is now the Los Angeles D.A. That’s due in part to a hard-left upbringing: Boudin’s parents were members of the left-wing radical group Weather Underground, and both were convicted of felony murder for their involvement with the organization. Before running for district attorney, Boudin served as a San Francisco public defender and worked for Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chávez.
That past carried over into Boudin’s campaign platform, which included promises to end quality-of-life prosecutions in a city notorious for public disorder, litter, and vagrancy. Since taking office, he has delivered on many of those promises—ending cash bail, prohibiting the use of “three strikes” life and gang-enhancement charges, and prohibiting evidence obtained in stop-and-frisk searches from leading to prosecutions.
But the way he views crime no longer appeals to those who elected him.
Gascon faces his own issues over his soft approach to crime in a crime-ridden city.
As The Daily Wire reported, Gascon in December issued a directive that ended cash bail and declined prosecutions for numerous misdemeanor crimes, including resisting arrest and disturbing the peace – at a time when Los Angeles was under siege by violent rioters.
Less than two weeks later, Gascon reversed the order after a public backlash.
That didn’t save Gascon, however, as the Los Angeles Prosecutors Union filed a lawsuit against him at the end of the year declaring the new policies “invalid and illegal.”
“Los Angeles County prosecutors have been placed in an impossible position,” the Association of Deputy District Attorneys for Los Angeles Vice President Eric Siddall said at the time.
“Do we follow our legal and ethical responsibilities and risk getting disciplined, even fired, by our new boss?
“Or do we follow his policy directives and risk losing our California State Bar Cards and, by extension, our ability to practice law anywhere in the state?
“We’re asking a court to answer those questions.”