Assembly guts bill protecting S.F. DPT officers

A bill that would stiffen penalties of those who assault civilian parking and traffic officers moved closer to becoming state law recently, but was amended to remove extra jail time for offenders.

Assembly Bill 1686, sponsored by California Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, and co-authored by District Attorney Kamala Harris, passed the Public Safety Committee of the state Senate by a vote of 5-0 on Tuesday.

The bill stemmed from a rash of attacks on San Francisco parking control officers in late 2006.

The civilian officers receive the same protection as any other civilian. An assault on them counts as a misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

AB 1686 originally would have upped the maximum jail sentence to a year. But a recent law designed to relieve prison overcrowding prohibits state lawmakers from passing any new legislation that increases jail or prison time.

AB 1686 was amended to keep the maximum sentence at six months, but to increase the fine to $2,000.

“My preference would have been to equalize it exactly to the penalty of an assault on a traffic officer,” Leno said. “That’s what this was all about: equality.

“But that was not an option we had. Two thousand dollars is real money, so I think that is teeth. That would bite someone.”

amartin@examiner.com

Bay Area NewsLocal

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

San Francisco Park Rangers have seen their budget and staffing levels increase significantly since 2014. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Citations for being in SF’s public parks after midnight soar

Data shows disproportionate impact on Black residents

Parents and students line up socially distanced before the first day of in-person learning at Bret Harte Elementary School on Monday, April 12, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
‘It’s a beautiful sight’: The first students return to the classroom

San Francisco’s youngest public school students stepped into classrooms for in-person learning… Continue reading

File
Latest Breed nominee for Police Commission moves forward

Immigration attorney Jim Byrne clears Board of Supervisors committee

A rally at Golden Gate Park on Sunday April 11 drew a large crowd in support of calls to keep JFK Drive closed to traffic. (Emily Huston/Special to the S.F. Examiner)
Hundreds rally for “JFK Thrive,” not JFK Drive

By Emily Huston More than two hundred gathered on a warm Sunday… Continue reading

San Francisco Giants pitcher Anthony DeSclafani (26) starts against the Colorado Rockies at Oracle Park on April 11, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photography by Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner).
Giants finish sweep of Rockies behind DeSclafani’s scoreless outing

Even with fans back at Oracle Park, San Francisco Giants pitchers have… Continue reading

Most Read