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Jermaine Baker who was shot dead by police marksman in foiled prison breakout was lawfully killed



The Met Police was ‘delusional, chaotic and unprofessional’ when a force marksman shot dead a father-of-two to foil a prison breakout plot – but the unarmed man was lawfully killed, an inquiry has found. 

Jermaine Baker was fatally shot at close range by police as he sat in the front passenger seat of a stolen Audi A6 near Wood Green Crown Court in north London in December 2015.

Officers suspected he was one of three men waiting to try and break inmate Izzet Eren, a member of notoriously violent gang, the Tottenham Turks, out of a prison van. 

Mr Baker, from Tottenham, was unarmed at the time he was shot by a counter-terrorism specialist firearms officer (CTSFO) – known only as W80 – who told the inquiry he thought the 28-year-old was reaching for a weapon. An imitation firearm was later found in the rear of the Audi.

Inquiry chairman His Honour Clement Goldstone QC concluded that, while Mr Baker was lawfully killed, there were police failings at almost every stage of the operation, which would ‘serve as a loud wake-up call’ to the next Metropolitan Police Commissioner, following the resignation of Dame Cressida Dick.

He said police chiefs were ‘fixated’ and ‘obsessive’ with their mission to stop the release of Eren and crack down on the Tottenham Turks that they couldn’t see the flaws in their approach.

Mr Goldstone suggested the operation ‘would have little effect on disrupting the activity of the Tottenham Turks or on achieving sustained public protection’.

He added: ‘The idea that this operation could succeed in ridding the streets of North London of lethal firearms was delusional – in reality, one firearm was the best the MPS could hope to recover.’ 

Bizarre decisions included an insistence not to consult Serco, the firm running the prisoner van, of the operation plans due to fears of corruption within the company, which Mr Goldstone described as ‘unspecified, undocumented and unsubstantiated.’

Had the force included them in planning, officers could have controlled the van in which Eren was placed, who else was placed in that van and the route it took from the prison to the court, he added.

Jermaine Baker was fatally shot at close range as he sat in the front passenger seat of a stolen Audi A6 near Wood Green Crown Court in north London in December 2015 by police who suspected he and other conspirators were about to free a dangerous prisoner from a custody van

Jermaine Baker was fatally shot at close range as he sat in the front passenger seat of a stolen Audi A6 near Wood Green Crown Court in north London in December 2015 by police who suspected he and other conspirators were about to free a dangerous prisoner from a custody van

Mr Baker was fatally shot by an officer during a Metropolitan Police operation which thwarted a plot to snatch Izzet Eren (above) and his co-defendant in December 2015

Mr Baker was fatally shot by an officer during a Metropolitan Police operation which thwarted a plot to snatch Izzet Eren (above) and his co-defendant in December 2015

Izzet Eren: The Turkish gangster police said Jermaine Baker was trying to break out of prison 

Officers suspected Mr Baker was one of three men waiting to try and break inmate Izzet Eren, a member of notoriously violent gang, the Tottenham Boys, out of a prison van. 

Eren – a Turkish gangster – was jailed for 21 years earlier in 2015 after being caught carrying a loaded pistol and a machine gun in north London while allegedly on his way to carry out a shooting.

He was described by police as ‘a senior member of a Turkish crime group’, who had reportedly returned to the UK in breach of a deportation order having been sentenced for drug trafficking offences.

His gang, the Tottenham Turks, had a long-running feud with the rival Hackney Turks, which resulted in multiple shootings, both in London and in Turkey, dating to 2009.

Eren, now 39, was transferred to a jail in his homeland in August 2019, but absconded from that prison a month later, before being busted by police in Moldova in May this year.

Commander Fiona Mallon, Specialist Crime, said: ‘I thank the Moldovan authorities, the National Crime Agency and the Crown Prosecution Service for their assistance in achieving this significant outcome.

‘The Metropolitan Police Serious Crime Manhunt team works around the clock to track down the criminals ‘most wanted’ by the Met. In this case, a hugely complex investigation was launched to establish Eren’s whereabouts, with a wide range of investigative and sensitive intelligence opportunities exploited.

‘This arrest sends a clear message to all those who commit serious crime in London: if you run, we will locate you and you will be brought to justice.’

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Reporting on the shooting itself, Mr Goldstone said: ‘I conclude that, when W80 shot Mr Baker, he held an honest and genuine belief that Mr Baker was moving in order to reach for the firearm.

‘As such, W80 perceived that Mr Baker posed a lethal threat… I draw the conclusion, on the balance of probabilities, that the perceived threat from the actions and movement of Mr Baker was such that W80 honestly believed that it was reasonably necessary for him to shoot at Mr Baker.’

Mr Baker’s mother, Margaret Smith, said her son was ‘no angel’, but that he ‘should have gone to prison’ rather than be fatally shot, and called on the inquiry chairman to consider whether her son being black could have been a factor in him being killed.

But Mr Goldstone said he ‘found no evidence to support a finding that race played any part in Mr Baker’s death’.

He also said that W80’s ‘overall credibility’ as a witness ‘remained largely intact’.

The inquiry chairman highlighted a number of failures, including that public safety should have been – but was not – the primary objective of the operation, that intelligence that the conspirators had only been able to source an imitation firearm was not passed on to W80 and others, and the ‘delusional’ idea that the operation would succeed in ridding the streets of north London of lethal firearms.

The inquiry heard that Mr Baker may have been asleep at the time he was shot, and may have misunderstood contradictory instructions shouted by armed officers who challenged the men in the Audi.

A police bug in the car captured a wall of noise with some officers telling the group to raise their hands, while W80 said he had instructed Mr Baker to put his hands on the dashboard.

No live firearm was found in the car in which Mr Baker was a front seat passenger, but a replica Uzi was discovered in the back of the car.

Officers had intelligence that the group had been unable to obtain a real gun, but this information was not passed on to the firearms team who confronted the men.

W80 told the inquiry he was convinced that they would be armed and would fight their way out rather than surrender when challenged by armed police.

The report said: ‘The combined effect of the evidence of Detective Inspector Robert Murray, Detective Chief Inspector Neil Williams and Detective Superintendent Craig Turner reveals a determination – bordering at times on the obsessive – to achieve a successful outcome to Operation Ankaa and with it, if not the demise of the Tottenham Turks, then certainly their emasculation.

‘Whilst this may have been a laudable objective, it should not have been something that was allowed to go ahead at virtually any cost and to the exclusion of proper and meaningful risk assessments and safety considerations as well as compliance with protocols.

‘There can be no doubt that sustained public protection was the prime objective of this operation; the safety of the public was not – and it should have been.’

The most that the officers could have hoped for on the day was the arrest of some ‘small fry’ and the seizure of one gun, the inquiry found.

‘The available intelligence supported the likelihood of a failure in achieving sustained public protection save for the ‘small fry’ who were to be arrested at the scene,’ the report said.

‘The idea that this operation could succeed in ridding the streets of North London of lethal firearms was delusional – realistically one live firearm was the best the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) could hope to recover.

‘Unfortunately, those who decided that the operation should run were unable, because of their fixation on their desire to solve the Tottenham Turks problem at a stroke, to appreciate the flaw in their approach.’

The inquiry found a series of technical failures in the planning and execution of the armed operation.

It said that officers had failed to consider any possible outcome other than an armed stop, and had not properly assessed the risk posed by Eren’s cousin Ozcan Eren, who was behind the escape plot.

They also failed to engage with the Prison Service about Eren’s escape risk or tell prison van staff of the planned jail break.

The chairman found that failures in the planning and execution of the armed operation should act as a ‘loud wake-up call’ to the next Metropolitan Police commissioner, who is due to be appointed this summer.

He said: ‘I cannot help but believe and observe that if Mr Baker had not been fatally shot, none of the shortcomings in planning and execution which this Inquiry has exposed would have come to light and the operation would have been hailed as an outstanding success by and for the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

‘If it achieves little else, therefore, this Inquiry should serve as a loud wake-up call to a newly appointed Commissioner.’

Jermaine Baker, 28, was among a group of men trying to free two inmates from a prison van near Wood Green Crown Court in north London in December 2015

 Jermaine Baker, 28, was among a group of men trying to free two inmates from a prison van near Wood Green Crown Court in north London in December 2015

Officers at the scene in Bracknell Close, Wood Green north London in 2015 after Jermaine Baker died after being shot during an "intelligence led" police operation

Officers at the scene in Bracknell Close, Wood Green north London in 2015 after Jermaine Baker died after being shot during an ‘intelligence led’ police operation

Mr Goldstone said in a foreword to the report that previous Met boss Dame Cressida Dick had acknowledged that ‘not everyone has confidence in us to provide a good service when they need us’.

He said: ‘Those within the corridors of power in the MPS cannot expect any increase in that level of public confidence, without a willingness to accept and act upon justified criticism.’

In his conclusions, he added: ‘It is clear that little if any thought was given to the tactic of contain and call out. 

‘This brings into focus the question of why there was no serious – if indeed any – consideration given to it. 

‘Whatever the higher echelons of the MPS may believe, there is, in my view, a widely held opinion within the MPS that, in an urban environment, the option of contain and call out is unlikely to be practical and can therefore be discounted at an early stage. The way one describes that opinion is less important than its existence.

‘The CTSFOs were deployed to the Audi mission vehicle with a working strategy that increased rather than minimised risk; they did so without even the knowledge of how many individuals were in the Audi mission vehicle and they had no plans for achieving sight into it and for communication with the subjects. 

‘This led to an extraction that was somewhat chaotic and unprofessional.’ 

The inquiry found that failures by Detective Chief Inspector Neil Williams, who was tactical firearms commander on the day, did not amount to gross negligence and did not cause Mr Baker’s death.

Lawyers for Mr Baker’s family had highlighted failures in handling of intelligence and not using available surveillance tools to reduce the risks of an armed interception.

The inquiry found that Mr Williams did not know where Ozcan Eren was in the early hours of the operation and whether he would be involved in the break-out.

The officer also did not think through the consequences of potentially corrupt prison guards altering the route on the day, it found.

Mr Goldstone said it was ‘astonishing’ that this was not considered.

Wormwood Scrubs, where Izzet Eren, a member of notoriously violent gang, the Tottenham Turks, was being held

 Wormwood Scrubs, where Izzet Eren, a member of notoriously violent gang, the Tottenham Turks, was being held

The terms of reference for the inquiry covered the planning of the armed operation, what information was available to those involved, how the operation was led and what the officers did on the ground, an what happened in the aftermath of the shooting.

The CPS decided not to bring criminal charges against W80 in 2017, and the officer is involved in a legal battle over whether he should face misconduct proceedings.

Mr Baker’s mother, Margaret Smith, told the inquiry that the value of her son’s life had been forgotten by police officers involved in the operation.

During evidence hearings last summer, she said her son had been written off by teachers at school and later struggled to find work after serving a prison sentence.

She said: ‘This could happen to anyone. Jermaine’s life was exceptional and unusual in the way that it ended, but the story of being written off as a child could be told by so many black boys and young men.’

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Eric Adams Cuts His Brother’s Duties After Giving Him Top Police Job




When Mayor Eric Adams named a Virginia parking administrator and retired police sergeant to a top position in the New York Police Department, he said the man had one qualification that no one else there possessed: He was the mayor’s brother.

Bernard Adams, 56, a former police sergeant who retired from the force in 2006 after 20 years, has been given one of the most sensitive, elite jobs in city government: overseeing the unit that will protect the mayor’s physical safety.

As a community affairs sergeant, Mr. Adams helped support the security effort at various big events, including the U.S. Open, city officials said. His most recent job was at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, where he worked in parking administration.

The mayor, who said on Sunday that white supremacy and “anarchists” are on the rise, suggested that he can trust no one in the Police Department as much as he can his own kin.

“Personal security — my life, my life — I want in the hands of my brother with his 20-year law enforcement experience,” Mr. Adams said. “He has the police experience, but he also has the personal experience. He knows his brother, and he’s going to keep his brother safe.”

The mayor’s fund-raising methods have, in the past, tested the boundaries of campaign-finance and law, and the hiring has amplified concerns that Mayor Adams pays too little heed to ethics.

New York City law prohibits public servants from using, or attempting to use, their position “to obtain any financial gain,” for themselves or close associates, including siblings.

That provision, city officials note, is not ironclad. The law allows for the hiring of siblings if the Conflicts of Interest Board determines that the “position would not be in conflict with the purposes and interests of the city.”

Bernard Adams started work on Dec. 30, before his brother was sworn in as mayor, city officials said. The Adams administration, however, did not begin the process of seeking approval from the Conflicts of Interest Board until Jan. 7, city officials said, when Bernard Adams’s hiring was first reported by The New York Post.

That same day, Philip Banks III, an unindicted co-conspirator in a public corruption case, announced his own hiring as Mr. Adams’s deputy mayor for public safety in an opinion piece in The Daily News.

“This does appear to be a serious problem,” said Richard Briffault, a professor at Columbia Law School and the former chair of the Conflicts of Interest Board. “A public servant, which includes the mayor, can’t use his position as mayor to obtain a financial gain for a sibling.”

City Hall officials have yet to determine their course of action, should the conflicts board deny their request for approval. It is not unheard-of for mayors to flout the board’s advice.

Initial reports said that Bernard Adams would serve as a deputy commissioner, a role that typically comes with a salary of about $240,000. Mayor Adams said on Sunday that his brother would be responsible for other elected officials’ security, too.

But city officials on Tuesday said that Bernard Adams’s actual title will be executive director of mayoral security. They could not say whether the title had existed before. Mr. Adams will oversee only his brother’s security, officials said. They did not explain why the position had apparently been downgraded, but added that his salary was $210,000.

Mr. Adams will not receive any pension payments from his prior service while serving in his new role; for that to happen, the administration would have to show that no one else was qualified to serve in the position, City Hall officials said. Nor, they said, will he oversee other officials’ police details.

It remains unclear what experience Mr. Adams has that would make him particularly well equipped to protect the mayor beyond the fact that they are brothers — during a time that Mayor Adams and his aides describe as particularly perilous for public officials.

Indeed, the mayor’s selection of his brother seems to underscore his apparent distrust of the Police Department, which Mr. Adams cast as a hotbed of police abuse while he was a police officer and activist in the 1990s. He has publicly suggested that a police officer might have shot out his car’s rear window in 1996.

City Hall officials did not make Bernard Adams available for comment; attempts to reach him directly were unsuccessful.

Other mayors have appointed family to high-level government positions, though historians struggled to come up with a recent precedent where those positions were paid. Former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg appointed his sister, Marjorie Tiven, as commissioner for the United Nations, Consular Corps and Protocol. She did not receive a salary.

Former Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed his wife, Chirlane McCray, to run the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. She also ran ThriveNYC, the mayor’s mental health care initiative. She did not receive a salary, thanks to nepotism rules that her husband publicly lamented.

Former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani also drew criticism for placing a handful of relatives on the city’s payroll, though none held high-level positions.

“Many mayors have had family members as close political advisers,” said Jonathan Soffer, a professor of urban history at the N.Y.U. Tandon School of Engineering, citing mayors going back to Robert Wagner in the 1950s. “But none of those people ever had paid positions.”

Mayor Adams and his brother appear to be close. In an October interview, Bernard Adams recalled his older brother’s shielding him from the precariousness of their impoverished childhood.

“Being the younger child, it wasn’t my responsibility to provide for my older brothers and sisters,” Mr. Adams said. “Eric and my older brother Conrad, they kind of took that responsibility on.”

On Oct. 31, Bernard Adams told his neighbor in Mechanicsville, Va., outside of Richmond, that if his brother won the election, he would be in New York City to support him. On election night, Bernard Adams introduced the mayor-elect.

Mr. Adams graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. During his years at the Police Department, he rose to the rank of sergeant, overseeing a staff of more than 40 as commanding officer of community affairs for Queens North.

During his 13-year tenure at Virginia Commonwealth University, Mr. Adams “did not provide executive protection services,” Thomas Gresham, a university spokesman, said. His most recent position there was as assistant director for parking at one of the university’s two main campuses.

A current job posting for that position, at the university’s health campus, the Medical College of Virginia, says its responsibilities include “proactively identifying and resolving issues related to both parking and transportation on the M.C.V. campus.” The job also calls for overseeing “the enforcement operation and Operations Center on the M.C.V. campus.” The position does not require its occupant to carry a weapon.

Mr. Gresham said the job entails, among other responsibilities, “the enforcement of the university’s parking rules and regulations.”

Keith Taylor, a former undercover narcotics detective and then detective sergeant who supervised an Emergency Service Unit at the New York Police Department, described the mayor’s protective detail as an “elite” assignment often given to veterans of emergency service units and detective bureaus.

“It’s as much an art as it is a science, because you want someone who is able to handle high-stress situations with a level of professionalism and actionable intelligence,” said Mr. Taylor, who now teaches at John Jay College.

The Police Department offers training for executive protection positions, which Mr. Taylor recalled as lasting three to five days. City officials said Bernard Adams has received that training. They did not specify when.

Reporting was contributed by Jeffery C. Mays and Emma G. Fitzsimmons in New York City, and Leah Small in Richmond, Va.

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Criminal activity in the Bull Mountains must be stopped – Daily Montanan




The Bull Mountains just north of Billings are home to Montana’s only underground coal mine, owned by Signal Peak Energy.

I have ranched in these hills my entire life, just like my parents before me. We have ranched alongside coal production for generations. It’s always been a challenge because coal mining inherently causes damage to the land and water we depend on for our cattle and livelihood. But we’ve always found a way to make it work. 

We try to be honest and forthright. We work to maintain respectful relationships with the workers earning a living for their families. When dealing with corporate executives, we stand up for our rights, uphold our values, and do our best to protect our community without undercutting the livelihoods of others. Managing these relationships takes work and patience. It requires civility and understanding others’ perspectives. Fourteen years ago, Signal Peak moved into our community. Soon after that, civility and respect were shoved aside, and it’s only gotten worse since. 

Headlines about Signal Peak’s repeated criminal convictions, investigations, and the wild details involved are plentiful. They sound sensational and would be hard to believe if not for the facts detailed in criminal court proceedings and law enforcement reports. In one case, a workplace injury led to a finger amputation, and the worker’s superiors bribed him with a cash-filled envelope to refrain from reporting it. 

In another case, former mine executive Larry Price, Jr., staged his own kidnapping while trying to outrun business investors he had swindled $20 million from. He was sentenced to five years in prison for fraud and lying to the FBI about the false abduction. 

In January, Signal Peak was sentenced in federal criminal court to a $1 million fine and three years’ probation after pleading guilty to multiple counts of health and safety violations. One violation involved pumping toxic waste slurry into the ground, threatening the safety of our community’s water sources. 

A Department of Justice statement about the investigation says, “….mine managers lied about the mine’s expenses, its safety record, and other matters, which… resulted in individual criminal convictions and charges for nine persons, including former mine vice presidents and their associates, on crimes ranging from embezzlement, tax evasion and bank fraud to money laundering, drugs and firearms violations.”

This toxic culture has extended to the treatment of landowners who ranch over the mine. Signal Peak is trying to drive us off our land by tearing out spring developments and water storage facilities (as documented in a DEQ complaint and order for Signal Peak to provide replacement water), cutting us off from water sources we have the legal right to use, and by forcing us into endless legal cases, one of which was ruled harassment to landowners by the District Court in Billings.

Now Signal Peak is canceling long-term leases we’ve held for over 65 years, claiming they can kick us off our own deeded land and block access for the next eight years, imperiling our ranching operations and our livelihoods.  

The toxic culture and criminal behavior of Signal Peak is not surprising given the history of the parent companies that created it. Wayne Boich, Jr., FirstEnergy Corporation, and Gunvor Group jointly own Signal Peak. These entities have a disturbing history of criminal charges, bribery schemes, and well-documented international corruption. In 2014, the U.S. Treasury found that Russian President Vladimir Putin has investments in Gunvor and may have access to Gunvor funds. 

Court documents show that former FirstEnergy CEO Chuck Johnson passed along an image of himself, Wayne Boich, and other associates’ faces Photoshopped onto Mount Rushmore with the caption “F*** ANYBODY WHO AIN’T US.” They were bragging about a $60 million bribery scandal and legislative bailout scheme in Ohio that analysts have called “the worst energy policy in the country.” 

Apparently, “F*** ANYBODY WHO AIN’T US” is their version of the golden rule. Signal Peak and its owners have held to this rule with us and the rest of Montana. These are not the type of people we want doing business in our state. The Department of Environmental Quality has an obligation to protect our communities from habitual criminal offenders who have no morals and no respect for ranchers, local residents, or even their own employees.

Steve Charter is a Bull Mountain rancher and member of Northern Plains Resource Council, a conservation and family agriculture group founded in 1972 by Bull Mountain ranch families and others.

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Outspoken Former Police Commissioner Hamasaki Will Challenge Brooke Jenkins for SF DA




By David M. Greenwald
Executive Director

San Francisco, CA – For many who supported recalled DA Chesa Boudin, had Mayor London Breed selected someone who could unite the city, they might have gone quietly.  But when Breed selected Brooke Jenkins, who was one of the faces of the recall, that changed the dynamics.

He waited until the literal last moment to file, but former Police Commissioner John Hamasaki filed his paperwork on Friday and the next three months figures to be, if nothing else, interesting.

“I think after the recall, everybody was ready to stand down and was hoping that the mayor was going to appoint somebody who was moderate, but reasonable, sensible, ethical—and instead what we’ve got is just the opposite,” he told the Vanguard in a phone interview on Friday afternoon.

He added, “It’s been a nightmare of ethical issues, Brady issues, getting paid by Republicans and not disclosing it issues, and hiring back people with really problematic records, and people who have had the same ethical issues as Ms. Jenkins.”

For Hamasaki the last week or so might have been the straw that brought him into the race.

“I think as a community, people have been looking for somebody to step up and I decided to start looking into it after Friday, when she had appointed Don Dubain because I just felt it was really a slap in the face to everybody in the criminal justice world to bring somebody with his record.”

He added, “Then the story broke about her taking $200,000 for something like six months of work…  It just seemed like we can’t survive like this.”

John Hamasaki has over a decade of experience in the courtroom, earning him a reputation as one of the Bay Area’s most tenacious and effective litigators.

“I’m here today because San Francisco needs an independent District Attorney who will hold everyone accountable to the law,” said Hamasaki in a release. “Whether you are a drug dealer selling deadly fentanyl in the Tenderloin, a multi-million corporation exploiting workers and small business owners, or a political machine selling influence in City Hall, I will fight for safety and justice.”

After earning his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law, he opened Hamasaki Law, a top-rated criminal defense law firm that represents individuals in the criminal justice system.

Hamasaki also served as a San Francisco Police Commissioner from 2018 to 2022, where he was the lead commissioner on the Domestic Violence Working Group, which modernized the guidelines for the San Francisco Police Department’s interactions with domestic violence victims. He was one of the attorneys for the family of Cecilia Lam, who was killed by her ex-boyfriend despite calling SFPD five times in 2014.

Hamasaki is a fourth-generation Japanese American and has lived with his family in North Beach for nearly three decades. If elected, Hamasaki would be San Francisco’s first Japanese American District Attorney.

Hamasaki has been an active part of the Bay Area legal community, serving as President of the Asian American Bar Association in 2020 and on the Board of Governors for California Attorneys for Criminal Justice. He has done extensive pro bono legal work through the National Lawyers Guild.

Anyone who has followed Hamasaki on Twitter for any length of time knows this will not be a dull campaign.

Hamasaki is concerned with the influence of the mayor on her appointee.

“I’ve heard that basically the mayor is running the office, including putting one of her top people in as a new hire to be one of Brooke’s top people,” he said.  “This all goes back to the mayor’s tough-on-crime, make life hell speech for December, when she made it clear that her police was kind of to open war on people in poverty, people who are unhoused, people who are struggling with substance abuse and other disorders.”

What will John Hamasaki’s campaign look like?

“John Hamasaki campaign looks like a campaign by the regular people of San Francisco,” he said.  “It’s not Chesa Boudin’s campaign.”

He pointed out they did the filing and had 40 people there supporting him, “really dedicated social justice driven people.”

In a campaign release, Hamasaki listed his priorities:

  • Protecting the San Francisco community while ensuring that justice is served in every case—from car break-ins to wage theft to violent crimes.
  • Restoring integrity and trust to the District Attorney’s Office through independent leadership, transparency, and data analysis of criminal case outcomes.
  • Protecting vulnerable victims, including Asian elders and domestic violence victims.
  • Investing in culturally competent victim services including language access and wrap around services.
  • Partnering with local and federal agencies to investigate and prosecute corruption in City Hall.

This week Brooke Jenkins announced some of her early supporters, not surprisingly including Mayor London Breed, and three Supervisors—Matt Dorsey, Rafael Mandelman and Ahsha Safai, plus State Senator Scott Wiener and Treasurer Fiona Ma.

John Hamasaki is endorsed by former State Senator Mark Leno, former State Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, former President of the Board of Supervisors Norman Yee, former President of the Board of Supervisors Matt Gonzalez, Supervisor Dean Preston, former Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer, former Supervisor John Avalos, former Police Commissioner Angela Chan, and former Police Commissioner Petra DeJesus among others.

“San Francisco deserves a District Attorney who is going to fight to keep us all safe, not just the super rich and powerful in our city,” said former Police Commissioner Petra de Jesus, “I’m very excited to support John Hamasaki’s campaign.”

“Hamasaki’s years of experience and unshakeable integrity uniquely qualify him for the role as District Attorney,” said former Board of Supervisors President Norman Yee. “It’s time for San Franciscans to have true representation in our criminal justice system.”

For Hamasaki, “Brooke was very much a part of the recall, I think everybody wants to put that behind us.  It’s a reminder of the power of right wing Republicans to undermine lawful democracy.”

He noted, “Brooke’s not really a known figure until this, but I’m a pretty known figure in San Francisco.”  He said that the media is probably more excited than anyone, because they are “hoping for the next three months to be a knock down, drag it out battle for the spot.”

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