D.A. and school board recall efforts bring out the worst of S.F. with taunts and

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Almost every day for weeks, I’ve received e-mails, social media messages or in-person queries asking why nothing’s happened to the man in the red glasses captured in a viral video appearing to admit to swiping signed petitions aimed at qualifying a recall of three school board members for the ballot.

Well, finally there’s an update. The Police Department’s special investigations division has completed its investigation into that case, as well as another in which police cited a woman on suspicion of battery after she allegedly threw a pen at a woman collecting signatures to recall the district attorney. The department presented both cases for prosecution.

District Attorney Chesa Boudin’s office referred the cases to the California Attorney General’s Office, which has accepted both and will handle the prosecution, according to Matt Dorsey, spokesperson for the Police Department.

“Both investigations are open and active and will not be formally closed until they are closed by arrest,” Dorsey said.

It’s sad that our civil discourse has reached such low levels and that San Francisco, which prides itself on being compassionate and enlightened, has joined in the kind of immature attacks we more often associate with backers of Donald Trump.

The best way to beat back a recall of an official you support is to campaign on their behalf, stage rallies supporting them, talk them up on social media, donate to their campaign and volunteer. And to be clear, people who support recalling the school board members and Boudin can be just as rude on Twitter and elsewhere. Grow up, everybody.

Some San Franciscans wondered why it took so long for movement on the cases, but Police Chief Bill Scott said the department always took the incidents seriously.

“Any time you mess with the democratic process, it’s serious,” he said. “It’s the people’s voice we’re messing with. We did our investigation, and we’ll let the rest of the system do its job.”

The Attorney General’s Office did not return requests for comment.



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