Commission takes up controversial SF8 matter

A controversial resolution dropped by the Board of Supervisors in August has been taken up by the San Francisco Youth Commission.

This summer, Supervisor Eric Mar angered the local police union with his resolution supporting seven men accused of killing a San Francisco police officer in 1971 and requesting charges be dropped. Mar later tabled the resolution after two of the men were sentenced to probation and time served after pleading guilty to lesser crimes and all charges were dropped against another four defendants. Charges against a seventh defendant had been dropped the previous year.

At Monday’s meeting, youth commissioners will discuss and possibly take action to send a letter of concern to Attorney General Jerry Brown over “the unjust, costly and flawed prosecution of the ‘San Francisco 8.’”

The letter asks Brown to drop charges against the remaining “San Francisco 8” defendant, Francisco Torres, due to confessions extracted by torture and other alleged legal problems. 

The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall, room 416.
 

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