Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer speaks at the election party of District Attorney candidate Chesa Boudin at SoMa Streat Food Park on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Police union demands apology from supervisor over ‘F— the POA’ chant

San Francisco’s police union is demanding an apology from Supervisor Sandra Fewer for leading a “F— the POA” chant at an election party Tuesday night.

Fewer shouted the phrase at the gathering for district attorney candidate Chesa Boudin after the San Francisco Police Officers Association spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on television ads and mailers to attack his campaign.

“Hey, so I just got one thing to say, which is ‘f— the POA,’” Fewer shouted. “San Francisco, this is what we get when we throw the f— down. This is The City where we elect a public defender to be our district attorney. What we start here, the nation follows. So look out.”

“I want to personally thank every single person here,” she continued. “But I want to thank every single voter that saw through the lies… that said we need something better. We want something better. We can have something better. Thank you San Francisco.”

A KQED reporter posted a video of the chant on social media.

SFPOA President Tony Montoya called the chant an “unhinged attack” in a letter to Fewer, accusing her of stoking anger against police officers.

“Your hate-filled comments and unstable behavior are worrisome and completely unacceptable and unbecoming of someone elected to represent all San Franciscans,” Montoya said in the letter. “You should be ashamed, and you owe every hardworking member of the SFPOA an apology.”

Fewer, whose husband is a retired police officer, fired back at the SFPOA in response. While apologizing to officers for “any offense that my comments may have caused,” she refused to say sorry to the SFPOA leadership.

Fewer said the union has “a long and sordid history of opposing police reforms, publishing explicitly racist and anti-immigrant rhetoric, and directly threatening their critics.”

“This organization has and continues to incite fear in our city— contrary to the mission and goals of our own police department,” Fewer said.

A day before the election, she also condemned the $650,000 spent against Boudin at a rally outside City Hall. The ads painted Boudin as a danger to public safety and slammed his positions on gang enhancements, driving under the influence and early releases from prison.

The Examiner first reported on the SFPOA spending last week.

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This story has been updated.

mbarba@sfexaminer.com

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