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Breed taps Bayview organizer, former prosecutor for Police Commission seats

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Mayor London Breed on Wednesday announced two appointments to the Police Commission. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Mayor London Breed on Wednesday nominated a Bayview community organizer and a former federal prosecutor to the Police Commission after the unsuccessful reappointments of two members months ago.

Breed tapped former Assistant U.S. Attorney Damali Taylor and Dion-Jay Brookter, the deputy director of a youth training program called Young Community Developers, to fill the seats that Sonia Melara and Joe Marshall left vacant earlier this year.

Breed said in a statement that, “Their combined experience in criminal justice and community development will bring important perspectives to the Commission as it works to strengthen our Police Department and further cultivate ties to our diverse communities.”

The Board of Supervisors first rejected then-Mayor Mark Farrell’s nominations of Melara and Marshall in May amid criticism that the appointees were too close with the San Francisco Police Officers Association at a time of police reform.

Farrell later resubmitted Melara and Marshall for appointment, but Melara pulled her nomination from consideration and the Board of Supervisors for a second time rejected Marshall in July after Supervisor Malia Cohen questioned him over his commitment to police reform and apparent closeness to the union.

Taylor, a partner with the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers, worked as a federal prosecutor between 2011 and 2017 in the Northern District of California. She focused on racketeering cases against organized crime as the chief of the Organized Crime Strike Force Section.

She also previously worked as a prosecutor in the District Attorney’s Office.

Brookter served as Executive Director of the Southeast Community Facility Commission from 2016 to 2018 before rejoining Young Community Developers, where he previously worked. He focused on mitigating the environmental and social impacts of the Southeast Treatment Plant.

Both nominees said they would focus on strengthening the relationship between police and the communities they serve.

The Board of Supervisors Rules Committee and full board will have to approve the nominations.

mbarba@sfexaminer.com

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