News! Supervisor Avalos introduces resolution to review racial profiling and use of force by SFPD, upholds right to nonviolent protest, Alex Nieto case cited

Photo credit: Ramin Rahimian for The Wall Street Journal 8.12.2010

Update: Please voice your support for the Resolution in Public Comments, BoS Meeting next Tuesday 12/16!

Please come show your support for the approval of this Resolution by the Board of Supervisors, this upcoming Tuesday December 16th, 2014, 2pm, Chambers. We need you to speak up during public comments and let the Board of Supervisors know that you approve of this Resolution!

Item 52, reference number 141234

Link to Resolution on BoS website.

Resolution affirming the San Francisco Board of Supervisors commitment to equal justice under the law and the First Amendment right to protest, recognizing the United States’ broken and racially biased police and justice systems, and urging the Department of Justice, Congress, and President Obama to review national policing and judicial practices to truly bring equal justice under the law. (The “Resolution”)

Please click here for a PDF copy of the Resolution.

Yesterday evening Supervisor John Avalos introduced a Resolution to the Board of Supervisors to address racial profiling and use of force by police officers, nationally and locally, as well as to uphold the right to nonviolent protest.

Supervisors David Campos, Jane Kim, Malia Cohen, and Eric Mar signed as cosponsors. The Resolution will be put up for vote next Tuesday December 16th, 2014.

The Resolution acknowledges:

  • A history of demonstrable racial bias regarding who is killed by police, both at a national and local level in San Francisco.
  • Recent national and local protests regarding the lack of indictments in the shootings of Mike Brown and Eric Garner.
  • The right to “nonviolent peaceful protest, free from excessive use of force and intimidation through military tactics and equipment.”
  • Lost public trust in SFPD for the killing of Alex Nieto, including for the lack of transparency exhibited by SFPD after his shooting. (We’ve long said this looks like a very serious cover-up):

“…WHEREAS, Alex Nieto was killed by SFPD officers on March 21, 2014 when he was shot at least ten times, and nearly nine months after the shooting, none of the names of the officers involved in his killing have been released, seriously undermining trust between some members of the community and police, and leading to nearly nine months of peaceful protests about racial profiling, the police’s use of force, lack of transparency and accountability in police investigations, and demands for justice; …”

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If approved, the Board of Supervisors pledge:

“to review local ordinances, officer training, and policies to address racial profiling and the use of excessive force and to ensure transparency and accountability within public safety departments.”

The Resolution also endorses the national demands of the Ferguson Action coalition, which among other things, urges the Department of Justice:

“…to conduct a comprehensive review of local policing practices to develop standards for community involvement and oversight strategies, use of force standards, and standards for independent investigatory/disciplinary mechanisms”

Join public comments next Tuesday

We invite supporters to join the public comment section on Tuesday December 16th at the Board of Supervisors meeting.

Also, please join us for Alex’s 9th month anniversary 12/21

You are invited to Alex’s NINTH month anniversary, on Sunday December 21st, 2014. We will carry out a sidewalk procession from 24th Street and Mission to the Bernal Heights. More details here…

 

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