By Sana Saleem : 48hills – excerpt
Three members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors have joined community demands for Police Chief to step down
In a statement released this morning Supervisor Jane Kim joined the Frisco 5 and community’s demand for a new police chief. Shortly after Kim’s statement, Supervisor David Campos and John Avalos also joined in to demand that San Francisco Police Chief Gregory P Suhr step down.
Kim reiterated that systemic issues within the police force needed to be addressed. In her statement, issued on Wednesday Kim made clear her stance on demands for San Francisco Police Chief Gregory P Suhr to resign, “Chief Greg Suhr has served San Francisco for over 30 years and we should thank him for that service. But even he must acknowledge that leading a culture shift in that department would be easier and faster if there was new leadership there. It is time to launch a search for a new chief who can implement fundamental reform.”
We spoke to Kim this afternoon, and she said that “Out of respect for the Mayor, I gave him a chance to speak to the public. The blue-ribbon task force report came out the same day, outlining deficiencies at every level of the department. There are very serious reforms needed, and it would be very difficult for Suhr to lead those reforms.”
She said the city should begin the search for a new chief immediately. “The Police Department needs a leader, now.”
Kim noted how quickly the MTA moved to dismiss a bus driver who made racist comments. When the SFPD first learned of racist text messages between officers “They sat on it for a year,” she said. “I don’t understand why we can’t get the kind of quick action we got from MTA”… (more)
Good point. I thought I heard that a police officer was fired for texting racial slurs. Why is the department more concerned with texting racial slurs than killing? Where are our priorities? This is the most distressing thing that has happened in a long time. How can anyone feel safe?