San Francisco Police Commission Meeting 10/15/2020 Summary

The San Francisco Police Commission oversees the policy, top leadership and aspects of budget decisions of the San Francisco Police Department. The Board of Supervisors, which appoints some of the commissioners, ultimately controls the budget of the department. I live tweet meetings at #sfpolicecommission, along with a few other dedicated watchdogs. Below is a high-level summary of the most recent meeting. Any factual mistakes are my own.

10/14/2020 Meeting Documents 

A Short, Silent Meeting in the Wake of Another SFPD Murder

Last week, SFPD officers shot and killed Cesar Vargas, and gun violence continues to plague specific parts of town at alarming levels. So you would think this meeting would be occasion for the police commission to dig deep and ask the tough questions. But no. This was easily the shortest and quietest meeting I've witnessed to date. Only a few commissioners attended and, of those, only two spoke at all over the course of the whole meeting, and that was largely to ask housekeeping questions. It was a hopes and prayers meeting, not an oversight meeting.

Bond Projects Proposed for SFPD Facilities

There was a brief presentation on projects proposed for funding from 2010 and 2014 general obligation earthquake safety and emergency safety bonds. These are big money projects. There were no questions from the commissioners.

Biased Texts

An SFPD officer presented the quarter three 2020 audit of SFPD's work electronic devices for evidence of bias. The audit flagged two texts, that will now be investigated within the year.

Data Sharing with San Francisco Department of Police Accountability

In past meetings it has become clear that the SFPD has not been cooperating with the Department of Police Accountability on data sharing, which has made the DPA's job even more difficult (and arguably, toothless). So there was a lengthy presentation on a new data sharing agreement intended to improve transparency and speed of investigations. I was hoping that this would be a chance for the commission to revisit the lack of follow up by Chief Scott on a notable number of DPA discipline recommendations, but again, it was not to be. It's not clear that the commission intends to revive the issue. 

And with that, the quiet meeting ended in record time. Only two people called in to give public comment.

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