Spotlight uncomfortable for San Francisco police

San Francisco wikimediaThe global spotlight on the Bay Area created by Super Bowl 50 couldn’t have come at a worse time for the San Francisco Police Department. The fatal December shooting of Mario Woods, a young African American stabbing suspect who was shot by five officers as he walked away from them, continues to trigger increasingly regular protests.

Now the U.S. Justice Department has concluded that there is sufficient evidence of wrongdoing that it is going to review SFPD and its history. Yahoo News has details:

“We will examine the San Francisco Police Department’s current operational policies, training practices and accountability systems, and help identify key areas for improvement going forward,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement.

 

At the conclusion of the review, the Justice Department will give San Francisco police a list of best practices it can follow to ensure fairness in its interactions with citizens.

 

San Francisco police will then report back to the Justice Department on a periodic basis to show it is following the practices, a Justice Department official said.

The ACLU of Northern California and African American activists welcomed the announcement.

Officers asked to pledge not to be racists

Meanwhile, San Francisco police are also being called out, in essence, by their chief, who is asking them to pledge to not act like racists, according to the Christian Science Monitor.

“People that would use racial epithets, slurs and things like that clearly fall below the minimum standard of being a police officer,” Police Chief Greg Suhr [said]. “A cop needs to show character and point that out.”

Suhr noted that a website — notonmywatchsfpd.org — had been launched to emphasize what he expects out of his officers. This is from its “About” description:

SFPD created the Not On My Watch initiative … in an effort to improve relationships between police officers and the diverse communities they serve.

 

This first-of-its-kind pledge is about recognizing that we need to guard against our own implicit biases,” said SFPD Chief Greg Suhr, “and to call out anyone who is intolerant or bigoted.”

 

Since 2011, SFPD policy has prohibited biased policing. The inspiration for the Not On My Watch project came from SFPD Sergeant Yulanda Williams, president of Officers for Justice. “It tells everyone that I am going to treat them with dignity and respect,” said Sgt. Williams. “And at the same time, we’re encouraging them to trust us, respect us and allow us to help them by delivering the type of police service that makes for viable, stable communities.”

Selling police chief as idealist may prove difficult

This initiative may play well in San Francisco and nationallly, but Suhr’s critics will question his sincerity and idealism. He’s had to deal with two rounds of harsh news coverage since last summer.

The city had to spend nearly $1.5 million to defend him from a whistleblower’s lawsuit with embarrassing allegations and persuasive evidence that Suhr mishandled a domestic violence case to help a friend.

He’s also accused of giving special breaks to a family friend in his attempt to secure a job as a San Francisco officer.

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  1. Queeg
    Queeg 7 February, 2016, 07:15

    Comrades

    No place to hide….no place.

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  2. Truthafuss
    Truthafuss 7 February, 2016, 08:47

    And they will conduct a study on SF being a sanctuary city too, right? That will be happening soon, right? Cause isn’t it equally as racist to allow a white girl to be killed on a city pier by a Mexican illegal alien felon and then do little or nothing about it? The city should be shut down over that incident and boycotted. That it isn’t is why SF, my hometown, is more reverted and revolting than ever. It’s become a bin of freakazoid lefties who wouldn’t know justice if it came up and bit them on the ear.

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  3. Truthafuss
    Truthafuss 7 February, 2016, 08:48

    And they will conduct a study on SF being a sanctuary city too, right? That will be happening real soon, right? Cause isn’t it equally as racist to allow a white girl to be killed on a city pier by a dirtbag Mexican illegal alien multiple-felon and then do little or nothing about it? The city should be shut down over that incident and boycotted into penury. That it isn’t is why SF, my hometown, is now more perverted and revolting than ever. SF has become a bin of freakazoid lefties who wouldn’t know justice if it came up and bit them on the ear.

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  4. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 7 February, 2016, 10:49

    “It tells everyone that I am going to treat them with dignity and respect,” said Sgt. Williams… “And at the same time, we’re encouraging them to trust us, respect us and allow us to help them by delivering the type of police service that makes for viable, stable communities….”The city had to spend nearly $1.5 million to defend him from a whistleblower’s lawsuit with embarrassing allegations and persuasive evidence that Suhr mishandled a domestic violence case to help a friend…He’s also accused of giving special breaks to a family friend in his attempt to secure a job as a San Francisco officer.”

    LOL…these gov chumps kill me…they are not even worth minimum wage. They are pathetic chumps, with government workfare jobs.

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  5. Dude
    Dude 7 February, 2016, 10:52

    If the suspect was white and the victims were black this story would’ve been written by Al Sharpton and praised by Obonehead in his State of the Union address.

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  6. Dude
    Dude 7 February, 2016, 11:02

    So where’s their outrage over Kate Steinle being shot in the back by an illegal alien? I guess we have open season on white citizens now. Thank God for the 2nd Amendment.

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  7. Desmond
    Desmond 8 February, 2016, 04:31

    A couple years back, a firefighter was killed on duty in SF. He was close to retirement. His brother, also a SF fireman, went off on critics of their lucrative retirement benefits. He explained about the preparation, skills to be a fireman. He also gloated that his father and uncle were SS firemen as well. That is corruption.
    The cops are no different, arrogant, entitled, and easily would be members of a new SS to protect their corrupt status.

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  8. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 8 February, 2016, 17:35

    This P.C. nonsense is going to cost the lives of the innocent

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    • Rex the Wonder Dog!
      Rex the Wonder Dog! 8 February, 2016, 18:32

      Maybe we will get LUCKY and it will only affect Teddy Steals!

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    • Dude
      Dude 8 February, 2016, 18:37

      Hey, I know a way out of this for them; They can just tell everyone that they’re illegal aliens. Then the sanctuary city protection BS will protect them. Just ask Kate Steinle.

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  9. Queeg
    Queeg 9 February, 2016, 18:07

    Comrades

    How can 506 thousand immigrant language challenged visitors etc pass the driver test?

    Your bigger worry…..

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