Two San Francisco police officers have been fired — one for excessive force and unlawful arrest of a witness and the other for accessing confidential information about a citizen — though the cases remain shrouded in secrecy because of police privacy laws.The latest disciplinary actions were disclosed in a recent Police Commission report that covers the period from July through September. Read More
Despite a push Tuesday to seat David Waggoner – who came with some well-known more progressive supporters – on the Police Commission, Julius Turman was appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Read More
A hero Patrol Special cop has been sacked — for failing to wear the proper uniform.
Last year, Patrol Special officer Robert Burns, 66, was nominated for a medal from the Police Department for taking down a gunman during a fatal shootout outside a Fisherman’s Wharf nightclub.
But on Wednesday, at the request of the SFPD, the Police Commission voted to revoke Burns’ badge for refusing to follow several commission rules, including wearing the required uniform. Read More
Back on March 31, Mayor Ed Lee told reporters that he would pick a new police chief in two more weeks. Well, it’s about that time, but on Monday, Lee gave a familiar answer. Read More
The Police Commission has given its final candidates for police chief to Mayor Ed Lee and are releasing even less information than before.While the commission has said all along it would hand three names to the mayor’s office, after a two-and-a-half hour closed-session meeting on Tuesday they voted to keep that number -- and the breakdown of inside and outside candidates -- secret. Read More
Did the Police Commission snub the Latino community because they didn’t hold a meeting to hear what they wanted in a police chief? Jim Salinas, a former police commissioner and head of SF Latino Democratic Club, seems to think so. On Wednesday he called out the commission for not holding a meeting in the Mission District. Read More
Prepare for another electrifying round of talk about Tasers this Wednesday when the Police Commission, once again but with a different political slant, discusses whether to adopt the controversial stun guns. Read More
Bayview residents can weigh in tonight on the search for a new police chief.The police commission is currently looking at applicants to possibly replace interim Chief Jeff Godown, who took over in January when former Chief George Gascon moved two floors down at the Hall of Justice to become district attorney.The commission has been holding meetings seeking input from the public on what kinds of qualities they’d like in a police chief. Read More
A hearing on Wednesday at the San Francisco Police Commission about how officers deal with the mentally ill is likely to draw a crowd.A group of politicians and activists led by the Mental Health Association of San Francisco is planning on showing up and has hired on San Francisco public relations specialist David Perry to publicize the meeting. Read More
The San Francisco Police Commission is expected to begin formally discussing the selection of a new police chief at its meeting tonight, and the man who just left the job said his replacement will likely come from within the department.Former Police Chief George Gascon resigned on Jan. 9 to take the position of district attorney. His second-in-command, Jeff Godown, is now acting police chief. Read More