September 12, 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, Chan, Kingsley, Turman, Loftus
ABSENT: Commissioner DeJesus
Commissioner Mazzucco announced that public comment will be taken out of order and announced that the meeting will be adjourned in honor of CHP Officer Youngstrom and Retired Officer Arthur Fobbs who passed away last week.
(Commissioner Marshall arrived at 5:45 p.m. Commissioner Kingsley arrived at 5:50 p.m.)
ADOPTION OF THE MINUTES
- For the meetings of July 11
th and 25th, and August 1st, 15th, and 22, 2012
Motion by Commissioner Turman, second by Commissioner Chan. Approved 4-0.
REPORTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
a. Chief’s Report
- Review of recent activities
- Update on the Department’s research and community outreach regarding less lethal weapons
- Presentation on Crime Statistics Reporting and the Crime Data Warehouse
Chief Suhr talked about recent activities in the Department including a new academy class, neighborhood meeting in the South Beach, Avoid the 8 campaign, and
9-11 Memorials around the city. The Chief also gave a brief update on crime statistics.
The Chief then went on to update the Commission regarding the Department’s research and community outreach regarding less lethal weapons.
Director Susan Giffen, Technology, presented the Crime Statistics Arrest Reporting and the Crime Data Warehouse presentation.
b. OCC Director’s Report
- Review of recent activities
- Presentation of the Monthly Comprehensive Statistical Reports & Companion Reports for the periods January 1, 2012 through August 31, 2012 & January 1, 2011 through August 31, 2011 & Report on Adjudication of Sustained Complaints
Director Hicks reported on cases opened, closed, and reported on mediation. Director Hicks also reported on adjudication of sustained complaints.
c. Commission Reports
- Commission President’s Report
- Commissioners’ Reports
Commissioner Mazzucco reported on attending the Police/Fire Mass held last Sunday, September 9
d. Commission Announcements and scheduling of items identified for consideration at future Commission meetings
Commissioner Turman would like a presentation about the FDRB process and suggested October 24
Commissioner Mazzucco asked the appointment of Assistant Patrol Specials be calendared in the near future.
Inspector Monroe announced that there will be no meeting on September 29
th and that the Commission will meet in the Southern District on October 17th, in the South of Market Recreation Center Auditorium, 270 6th Street, starting at 6 p.m.
Ray Hartz, SF Open Government, commented on crime reporting of ethnicity.
Maria Bailey, Tenderloin resident, discussed concerns regarding crime in the Tenderloin and asked that police be tough on crime in the district and suggested an undercover sting operation to get the drug dealers. (document submitted)
Unidentified talked about less-lethal report and how the public is compiling data regarding tasers and requested that their report be presented to the Commission. (document submitted)
Meesha Irizarry talked about arrests of Latinos in the city and how it is under reported and talked about concerns regarding tasers.
Paulette Brown showed a video of homicide victims in San Francisco and how cases are not solved. She went on to show photos of homicide victims.
Rebecca Ruiz, Idriss Stelly Foundation, spoke in regards to actions by officers and giving officers tasers.
Michael, SF Grey Panthers, stated that they are against tasers.
Selena Saji discussed the Department’s arrest reporting.
Unidentified spoke in regards to police brutality and the use of tasers.
Nick Pastrelo spoke in regards to tasers and stated that it would be a mistake to issue tasers to officers.
Asia Fuller, SF resident, opposed tasers because tasers are not less lethal weapons, tasers are more lethal and suggested that this subject be dropped immediately.
Michaela Davis, ACLU, spoke in opposition of the tasers and spoke in regards to crime data reporting.
Nina spoke in regards to prostitution and drug deals and asked that prostitution be legalized and spoke in regards to tasers.
Colleen, Homeless Youth Alliance, spoke in regards to research and meeting with the community regarding tasers.
Unidentified stated the community wants the Commission to stop the process in regards to tasers.
Unidentified spoke in regards to CITs and how officers are trained in de-escalation techniques.
Ray Hartz, SF Open Government, spoke in regards to public comment and spoke in regards to the Legal Division’s handling of public records requests. (document submitted)
"If there is one thing citizens of San Francisco would probably believe it would be that members of the SFPD would respect the law. I know, from my own experience, that belief is often not true. The Legal Division of the SFPD understands both the CPRA and Sunshine Ordinance but seems to have no belief that the laws apply to them. Members of that division have been uncooperative, evasive, and even dishonest in the handling of public records requests. In a complaint against Chief Suhr before the SOTF, I believe that a representative will appear who will be equally uncooperative, evasive, and perhaps even dishonest in responding to the complaint. Honest or open communication from the SFPD, including members of the Command Staff, is something I have learned not to expect. I would think the Police Chief and the Police Commission would find this unacceptable! I’ll probably be proven wrong. "
Chief Suhr explained the process taken by the Department in regards to research of less lethal weapons. What will be available to the public are meeting dates, draft policy, and list of vendors.
Meesha Irizarry spoke in regards to the death of CHP Officer Youngstrom.
Paulette Brown spoke in regards to the death of her son and asked for justice for her son.
Asia Fuller spoke in regards to gun violence.
Jeremy Miller, Idriss Stelly Foundation, spoke in regards to CIT officers in San Francisco.
Unidentified asked about records and concerns about black bands covering badges.
PUBLIC COMMENT ON ALL MATTER PERTAINING TO CLOSED SESSION
Ray Hartz, SF Open Government, spoke in regards to closed session.
Jeremy Miller spoke in opposition of holding closed session.
VOTE ON WHETHER TO HOLD CLOSED SESSION
Motion by Commissioner Turman, second by Commissioner Kingsley. Approved 6-0.
(7:55 p.m. - 8:55 p.m.)
a. PUBLICE 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. 12-005)
b. PUBLIC EXCEPTION: Discussion and possible action to sustain or not sustain disciplinary charges filed in Case No. JWA C11-001 or to take other action regarding charges or proposed Stipulated Disposition
(Present: Commissioners Mazzucco, Marshall, Chan, Kingsley, Turman, Loftus, Chief Suhr, Deputy Chief Tomioka, Deputy City Attorney Blits, Inspector Monroe, Risa Tom, Attorney Alden, Attorney Stiglich, Mr. Steve Johnson, and member involved) Resolution 12-50
c. PERSONNEL EXCEPTION: Status and calendaring of pending disciplinary cases
VOTE TO ELECT WHETHER TO DISCLOSED ANY OR ALL DISCUSSION HELD IN CLOSED SESSION
Motion by Commissioner Kingsley, second by Commissioner Marshall for non disclosure. Approved 6-0.
Motion by Commissioner Mazzucco to adjourn the meeting in honor of Officer Kenyon Youngstrom and retired member Art Fobbs. Second by Commissioner Kingsley. Approved 6-0.
Thereafter, the meeting was adjourned at 8:55 p.m.
Inspector John Monroe
San Francisco Police Commission