San Francisco Police Commission Meeting 4/14/2021 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.
4/14/2021 Meeting Documents
The Limits of Understanding & Skill Sets
Traffic stops & Investigations
Unsurprisingly, traffic stops were high on everyone's minds last night. Though there was no formal agenda item on the topic, we should expect concrete proposals for ending certain forms of traffic stops and searches to come before the Commission soon. Instead, the major item on the agenda last night was the Firearm Discharge Review Board & In-Custody Death Review Board 1st Quarter 2021 Report. These reports are supposed to track the results of internal investigations into why people have died in SFPD custody and why officers have fired guns. As you might imagine, the reports actually reveal a sclerotic process that yields insufficient policy and practice change so that we might have fewer dead bodies and discharged guns. The Commissioners dug hard into these reports last night. It was yet one more broken beam to fix in the sagging fortress that is SFPD.