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August 01, 2012

 

 

AUGUST 1, 2012 REGULAR MEETING

 

 

 

The Police Commission of the City and County of San Francisco met in Room 400, City Hall, #1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, at 5:35 p.m.

PRESENT: Commissioners Mazzucco, Marshall, DeJesus, Chan, Kingsley, Slaughter, Turman

 

 

 

(Commissioner Kingsley arrived at 5:45 p.m. Commissioner DeJesus arrived at 6:00 p.m.)

 

 

 

Chief’s Report

- Presentation of Certificate of Appreciation

 

 

Taken out of order.

Chief Suhr and Captain Gregory Corrales, Park Station, presented a Certificate of Appreciation to 13-year old Isaac Sattler for his help with a burglary incident.

 

 

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

 

 

Clyde addressed the Commission in regards to gang violence.

Meesha Monge Irizarry discussed concerns regarding shootings of mentally ill individuals.

Jeremy Miller, Idriss Stelli Foundation, discussed concerns regarding shootings of mentally ill individuals and discussed open government.

Maria Bailey discussed sting operation in the Tenderloin for narcotics and asked for funding for the DARE Program.

Eddie Tsang discussed shooting of Mr. Pralourng.

Seevi Pralourng, Sister of Mr. Pralourng addressed the Commission in regards to her brother’s shooting. She stated that the Department should not use her brother’s incident for Tasers.

Eddie Miller discussed concerns regarding bicyclist and asked the police to enforce traffic laws on bicyclist.

Sunny Aguilar, Office of Supervisor Jane Kim, read a letter from the supervisor asked the Commission not to take action until there is meaningful public outreach in regards to Tasers.

Victor Lim, Office of Supervisor Eric Mar, discussed the concerns of Supervisor Mar and asked the Commission to have a dialogue with community groups in regards to Tasers.

Paulette Brown discussed shooting of her son and asked for justice for the murder of her son. She went on to show photos of homicide victims.

Tess Walberg spoke in regards to concerns about policing rec and park.

Theo Ellington spoke in regards to homicides in the southeast sector of the city and asked the Commission to work with the community before making their decision.

 

 

 

REPORTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

a. Chief’s Report

- Review of recent activities

 

 

Chief Suhr gave a brief update on recent shootings in the Visitacion Valley neighborhood. The Chief asked the community for assistance in these incidents. The Chief went on to give a brief update on crime statistics.

 

 

 

b. OCC Director’s Report

- Review of recent activities

 

 

M. Ines Fraenkel, for Director Hicks, deferred the OCC’s report to next week’s meeting.

 

 

 

c. Commission Reports

- Commission President’s Report

- Commissioners’ Reports

 

 

Commissioner Mazzucco reported that the Commission had it’s meeting in the Our Lady of Visitacion Church and expressed his support for the Department in helping stop the violence.

 

 

 

d. Commission Announcements and scheduling of items identified for consideration at future Commission meetings

 

 

Inspector Monroe announced that there is no meeting next week.

PUBLIC COMMENT

Unidentified spoke in regards to housing development in the Sunnydale and how housing is so rundown.

Unidentified spoke in regards to addressing the root of the problem and asked for better schools and better opportunities.

Emil Lawrence spoke in regards to unsolved homicide rates.

Paulette Brown spoke in regards to unsolved homicides and asked for help for closure.

Rebecca, Idriss Stelley Foundation, discussed concerns regarding the police and conflict resolution.

Jeremy Miller asked for serious discussion about children.

Darnell Borden, hotel tenant, discussed concerns regarding police dealing with mentally ill individuals.

 

 

 

PILOT PROGRAM FOR CONDUCT ENERGY DEVICES. PRESENTATION BY THE DEPARTMENT ON PROPOSED PILOT PROGRAM FOR CONDUCTED ENERGY DEVICES (E.G., "TASERS"); DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION TO APPROVE PILOT PROGRAM OR TAKE OTHER ACTION

 

 

Commissioner Chan expressed her objection to having this item heard tonight. Commissioner Chan then explained her reason for her objection. Commissioner Chan then went on to read Resolution No. 11-28, approved on February 23, 2011:

 

 

 

RESOLUTION NO. 11-28

APPROVAL TO AUTHORIZE THE CHIEF OF POLICE TO DEVELOP A PROPOSAL FOR MODIFICATIONS OF DEPARTMENT GENERAL ORDERS 5.01, "USE OF FORCE," AND 10.02, "EQUIPMENT," AND TO INVESTIGATE AND EVALUATE CONDUCTED ENERGY DEVICES AND ALL OTHER LESS LETHAL WEAPONS AND RECOMMEND A PROPOSAL FOR A PILOT DEPLOYMENT PROGRAM

 

 

RESOLVED, that the Police Commission hereby approves to authorize the Chief of Police, in conjunction with the Office of Citizen Complaints and two members of the Police Commission, to develop a proposal for modifications of Department General Order 5.01, "Use of Force," and Department General Order 10.02, "Equipment," and to investigate and evaluate Conducted Energy Devices and all other less lethal weapons based on independent scientific research and to develop and recommend a proposal for a pilot deployment program with specific proposed policies and guidelines for their use.

Further, to develop these proposals in consultation with communities of color, mental health professionals, LGBT and other key segments of the community and to set forth proposed costs and funding for the proposed plan.

Further, to direct the Chief of Police, Office of Citizen Complaints and two designated members of the Police Commission to report back to the Commission with their findings and recommendations within 90 days.

Also to direct the Chief of Police, Office of Citizen Complaints, and two members of the Commission to review and make recommendations to the Commission on changes to the Police Department’s tactical training regarding the use of force within 90 days.

Deployment of a pilot program is subject to prior approval by the Commission.

After reading the resolution into the record, Commissioner Chan entered a motion to remove this item from tonight’s agenda. Second by Commissioner Turman.

Commissioner Turman stated that he has not read the 2011 resolution and asked that this item be removed from tonight’s agenda.

Commissioner Mazzucco explained that the pilot program being brought forth by the Chief is very limited to officers who have had the mental health CIT training will be involved in the pilot program.

Chief Suhr explained his reasons for putting this item on the agenda and stated that he is not asking for tasers for the entire department but only asking for those officers who have completed CIT training.

Commissioner Kingsley suggested that the presentation be heard tonight with the agreement not to take any action and to schedule the action item for a later time.

Commissioner Turman agreed with Commissioner Kingsley in hearing the presentation and public comment tonight and put the action item over for a later time.

Commissioner Chan modified her motion to remove the action item. Second by Commissioner Turman.

Commissioner Mazzucco asked that this item be heard to hear a discussion as to what is best for the community and for the Department.

AYES: Commissioners Mazzucco, Marshall, DeJesus, Chan, Kingsley, Turman, Loftus

Commander Ali, coordinator Crisis Intervention Training (CIT), presented the Department’s proposed pilot program for conducted energy devices.

Clay Rand, Vice President Taser International, spoke for Taser International.

Deputy Chief Tomioka, Chief of Staff, addressed the Commission and asked the Commission to allow the Department to look at a pilot program.

Dr. Zian Tseng, UCSF, presented his Research Update: Cardiac, Physiologic, and Real Work Effects of Taser Use.

Michaela Davis, ACLU, addressed the Commission regarding the ACLU’s concerns and recommendations.

PUBLIC COMMENT

Michael Goss opposed the implementation of tasers.

Eduardo Vega stated that NAMI SF does not support implementation of tasers.

Meesha Irizarry opposed tasers.

Tess, SF homeowner, asked the Commission to follow its own resolution.

Glenn, Harvey Milk Democratic Club, discussed concerns about the Department not doing outreach in regards to tasers and expressed opposition to tasers.

Jeremy Miller expressed concerns about facts presented.

Unidentified expressed opposition to tasers.

William Marcus discussed number of deaths with tasers.

Coleen Rebecca, social worker, discussed concerns about implementation of tasers.

Bob, Coalition of Homelessness, discussed concerns about implementation of tasers.

Emile Lawrence discussed salary of police officers and concerns about the city’s budget.

David Eliott Lewis discussed concerns about using tasers in a CIT setting.

Serena, registered nurse, discussed dealing with people who were mentally imbalanced without the use of tasers.

Vanna discussed concerns about tasers.

Steve Johnson, POA, discussed officer s involved with critical incidents and asked the Commission to act on this issue.

Commissioner Chan thanked the public for coming out tonight.

Commissioner Mazzucco also thanked the public for their comments and the Chief for bringing this forward. Commissioner Mazzucco appointed Commissioners Chan, Loftus, and Turman to work with the Department, as per Resolution No. 11-28.

Commissioner Mazzucco suggested that a report back to the Commission regarding the Department’s investigation, community outreach, and other possible options on the first Wednesdays of every month for three months starting on September 5

 

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PUBLIC COMMENT ON ALL MATTERS PERTAINING TO CLOSED SESSION

 

 

None

 

 

 

VOTE ON WHETHER TO HOLD CLOSED SESSION

 

 

Motion by Commissioner Marshall, second by Commissioner Turman to hold Closed Session. Approved 7-0.

 

 

 

CLOSED SESSION

(9:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.)

 

 

 

 

PUBLIC EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE EVALUATION – Chief of Police

Review of findings and chief’s decision to return officer to duty following officer-involved shooting (OIS Case No. 12-003)

 

 

(Present: Commissioners Mazzucco, Marshall, DeJesus, Chan, Kingsley, Turman, Loftus, Chief Suhr, Deputy Chief Tomioka, Deputy City Attorney Porter, Captain McEachern, Lieutenant Yick, Inspector McDonald, Inspector Monroe)

 

 

 

CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL – Existing Litigation

Fred Broussard vs. CCSF, et al., United States District Court No. Cv10-4997

 

 

(Present: Commissioners Mazzucco, Marshall, DeJesus, Chan, Kingsley, Turman, Loftus, Chief Suhr, Deputy Chief Tomioka, Deputy City Attorney Porter, Captain McEachern, Inspector Monroe) Resolution No. 12-42

 

 

 

CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL – Existing Litigation

Wilson et al. v. CCSF, United States District Court No. C07-01016

 

 

(Present: Commissioners Mazzucco, Marshall, DeJesus, Chan, Kingsley, Turman, Loftus, Chief Suhr, Deputy Chief Tomioka, Deputy City Attorney Porter, Captain McEachern, Inspector Monroe) Resolution No. 12-43

 

 

 

CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL – Existing Litigation

Brock Rasmussen v. CCSF, et al., San Francisco Superior Court No. CGC-10-495963

 

 

(Present: Commissioners Mazzucco, Marshall, DeJesus, Chan, Kingsley, Turman, Loftus, Chief Suhr, Deputy Chief Tomioka, Deputy City Attorney Porter, Captain McEachern, Inspector Monroe) Resolution No. 12-44

 

 

 

PERSONNEL EXCEPTION: Discussion and possible action to accept or reject Stipulated disposition of disciplinary charges filed in Case No. IVF C12-035

 

 

(Present: Commissioners Mazzucco, Marshall, DeJesus, Chan, Kingsley, Turman, Loftus, Chief Suhr, Deputy Chief Tomioka, Deputy City Attorney Blits, Captain McEachern, Inspector Monroe, Attorney Fraenkel, Attorney Stiglich, and member involved) Resolution No. 12-45

 

 

 

PERSONNEL EXCEPTION: Decision to return disciplinary charges filed in Case No. RMW C08-111 to the Chief’s level per disposition agreed to by the Chief and the parties

 

 

(Present: Commissioners Mazzucco, Marshall, DeJesus, Chan, Kingsley, Turman, Loftus, Chief Suhr, Deputy Chief Tomioka, Deputy City Attorney Blits, Captain McEachern, Inspector Monroe, Attorney Fraenkel, Attorney Lassart, and member involved)

Put over to August 15, 2012.

PERSONNEL EXCEPTION: Status and calendaring of pending disciplinary cases

(Present: Commissioners Mazzucco, Marshall, DeJesus, Chan, Kingsley, Turman, Loftus,Chief Suhr, Deputy Chief Tomioka, Deputy City Attorney Blits, Captain McEachern, Inspector Monroe)

No discussion

 

 

 

VOTE TO ELECT WHETHER TO DISCLOSE ANY OR ALL DISCUSSION IN CLOSED SESSION

 

 

Motion by Commissioner Marshall, second by Commissioner Loftus for non disclosure. Approved 7-0.

 

 

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

 

Motion by Commissioner Marshall, second by Commissioner DeJesus. Approved 7-0

Thereafter, the meeting was adjourned at 10:39 p.m.

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Inspector John Monroe

Secretary

San Francisco Police Commission

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