Wiener votes with cops, against Leno accountability bill

By Tim Redmond : 48hills – excerpt

The law-enforcement lobby may be discredited, but it still apparently has some clout in San Francisco

There was a strange moment at the Board of Supervisors today that shows just how powerful even the discredited law-enforcement lobby can be.

The supes were considering a resolution endorsing a bill by Sup. Mark Leno that would mandate more police accountability. These things are usually pretty routine, and get put at the end of the meeting: It’s rare that any resolution supporting a measure by one of our local representatives gets anything but unanimous support…

But that wasn’t the case today – and the supe who tried to derail the resolution was Scott Wiener, who has been a close Leno ally and whom Leno has endorsed to replace him in the state Senate…

Leno has done so much for Wiener, helped him get elected supervisor, helped him with his state Senate campaign, and there are very few times I can remember when Wiener hasn’t supported something Leno was doing.

In this case, it’s a really important measure that would have an impact on the rash of police misconduct. As Sup. David Campos noted, “this is actually a pretty mild piece of legislation.”

But Wiener couldn’t bring himself to support the bill. So instead, he tried a parliamentary trick: He asked that the supes resolution be divided into two measures, one that simply commended Leno for taking on the issue, and another that actually endorsed the bill…

So Wiener in effect tried to undermine a key piece of legislation his mentor and ally is working hard to pass, against sustained law-enforcement opposition. This, I suspect, will be an issue in the state Senate campaign… (more)

This is a puzzle. Leno’s bill is meant to shine a light on police misconduct that makes San Francisco citizens extremely nervous and afraid of working with the police.

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