Police commissioners to talk reform with Supervisors

San Francisco’s seven police commissioners could face a ribbing from the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday at a joint hearing where the topic is the reform of the Police Department.

The 5 p.m. hearing in City Hall will address the issues uncovered by a series of recent inquiries of the police and the reviews’ recommendations for reform. But the hearing may also include a focus on the commission’s failings as well.

“It’s important to make sure that the sense of urgency around the reform of the Police Department is not lost, and what we’re seeing here is a lot of talk but not a very clear roadmap,” said Supervisor David Campos, who added that the reforms are even more pressing now with a Donald Trump presidency on the way.

In all, the hearing is set to go over the findings and recommendations of the recently released federal collaborative review of the department, the District Attorney’s Blue Ribbon panel and a civil grand jury report.

All three inquiries found issues in the department from mismanagement at the crime lab, to systemic bias and unfair treatment of minorities. The commission itself came under criticism for failing to properly oversee the department as well.

The department’s troubles came to a head last December after the fatal shooting of Mario Woods by a group of officers in the Bayview. Two subsequent fatal shootings and the revelation of a second series of racist text messages all led to the resignation of former Chief Greg Suhr in May.

Aside from reform efforts, the commission has been busy vetting police chief candidates to send to Mayor Ed Lee.

Earlier this month, the commission sent the three finalists to the mayor. The commission nor the mayor has said who those three finalists are or whether Acting Chief Toney Chaplin is among them.

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