New SFPD chief promises reforms, body cameras

Acting Police Chief Toney Chaplin said Friday his main priorities as The City’s top cop are outfitting officers with body cameras and finalizing the Police Department’s use of force reforms.

Chaplin said he also plans to implement a “top to bottom review of everything we do.”

Chaplin was made interim police chief Thursday after Mayor Ed Lee received former Chief Greg Suhr’s resignation on the heels of the third fatal police shooting since December.

Suzy Loftus, who attended the Chinatown news conference, gave thanks to Suhr and said the department’s priorities will be continuing to implement reforms.

“The situation we find ourselves in goes beyond one chief or one person,” she said.

Chaplin would not comment on the shooting death of a 27-year-old woman, who was killed by an officer Thursday morning in the Bayview, and which prompted Suhr’s ouster.

Suhr gave the new chief his blessing in a brief conversation Thursday, which Chaplin described as one of the worst days of his career.

When asked if he would put his hat in the ring when the Police Commission hands its three candidates to the mayor, Chaplin demurred.

“I’m not even looking that far down the road,” said Chaplin.


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