SF Chronicle again gets it wrong in its campaign to destroy District Attorney

The San Francisco Chronicle is waging a vicious campaign to impugn and destroy District Attorney Chesa Boudin.

The latest salvo in this war is a totally disjointed and misguided story involving a misdemeanor theft which the Chronicle has blown up into a cause celebre.

Equally distressing is the fact the San Francisco Chronicle is doing the political dirty work of the Police Officers Association which spent nearly $1MM to defeat Chesa Boudin in 2019.

Regrettably many in the public will only glance at the headlines and not take the time to carefully dissect the story.

The main points.

A parolee was arrested for the misdemeanor offense of taking a cell phone from another passenger while traveling on a Muni bus. There were no witnesses.

The District Attorney, after hearing from veteran members of his team who are long time Assistant District Attorneys, turned the suspect over to Solano County authorities where he was wanted for another offense. Solano County authorities released him.

The suspect traveled to Sacramento. There was a disturbance at his home. Police responded and left. The suspect shot and killed his mother AFTER the police left. Link to local TV news story attached.


The San Francisco Chronicle has taken it upon itself to hold the San Francisco DA accountable for this chain of events. What makes it most disturbing is that the Chronicle, if it did its homework, could have and should have written a more factual account.

Instead, The San Francisco Chronicle cherry picked the data and published a misleading account in its campaign against Chesa Boudin.

Excerpted from San Francisco Chronicle – Rachel Swan 1.26.2021

A man accused of shooting and killing his mother in Sacramento was arrested and booked in a strong-arm robbery case weeks earlier in San Francisco, but the district attorney did not charge him.

Book of Alternate Facts 1.22.2017

Records show that instead of charging Ali Mustafa Hudson, 42, for allegedly stealing a phone from a passenger on a Muni bus on Dec. 20, District Attorney Chesa Boudin had him transported to Solano County, where Hudson had a $5,000 misdemeanor warrant for drug possession and driving without a valid driver’s license.

Officials in Solano County were not immediately able to confirm the date Hudson was released, but under COVID-19 emergency orders, counties generally do not hold people on misdemeanor warrants.