The seemingly never-ending debate over whether to outfit San Francisco police officers with devices capable of shooting 50,000 volts of electricity through the body is recharging once again.
The Police Department’s campaign, which would give stun guns to 103 officers specially trained to handle mentally ill people as part of a pilot program, is kicking into high gear, beginning with a planned Jan. 9 community meeting, Police Chief Greg Suhr said Thursday. Read More
Candidate for San Francisco sheriff Chris Cunnie picked up a couple of high-profile endorsements in Chinatown this morning from former police Chief Heather Fong and retired Judge Harry Low.In a news conference at the historic Portsmouth Square, Cunnie — a former cop as well as undersheriff — emphasized his connection to the Chinatown area, where he said his father lived for many years and Cunnie worked at the Central police station. Read More
Bayview Police Station Capt. Greg Suhr, 52, a 30-year veteran of the San Francisco Police Department, will be announced as the new chief today, according to City Hall sources. Read More
Two San Francisco police officers were suspended Wednesday night for 360 days without pay for their part in a series of videos assailed as racist and offensive by former police Chief Heather Fong and Mayor Gavin Newsom.What became widely known as Videogate has already resulted in the police officer who produced the videos, Andrew Cohen, quitting the force. Read More
Proving once again that police chiefs are like baseball managers and school superintendents — no matter how many losing teams they lead, they still land other job offers — word out of Washington, D.C., is that Heather Fong, the recently retired head of our own tarnished cop shop, is up for a top slot at the Office of Community Oriented Police Services, the federal grant-awarding agency that funds police departments. Read More
Quite a number of readers weighed in on my column this week about the inexplicable reign of San Francisco Police Chief Heather Fong and how she has managed to keep her job despite a torrent of criticism over the years.
Their arguments are legitimate — Fong brought some integrity to the department in the wake of the Fajita-gate scandal in which the entire police command staff was indicted by our zany former District Attorney Terence Hallinan. Read More