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San Francisco DA Offers Money To Victims And Witnesses Of Police Violence

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Victims and witnesses of police violence will be eligible for funeral expenses, help with medical bills, counseling and other services under a policy San Francisco’s liberal top prosecutor announced Tuesday.

The policy change by District Attorney Chesa Boudin comes as the U.S. reels from the deaths of George Floyd and other people of color at the hands of police. In the San Francisco Bay Area, protesters are marching against the recent fatal police shootings of two young men.

Boudin, a former deputy public defender who won office last year as part of a national wave of progressive-minded prosecutors, said it is essential that victims of police violence receive the help that any other crime victim would receive.

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