Public hearings set for new use of force rules for San Francisco police

Two police commissioners are scheduled Thursday to hold the first of several public hearings on proposals to reform the San Francisco Police Department’s use-of-force policies.

Mayor Ed Lee called for a review of the department’s 20-year-old policies after the December killing by police of Mario Woods, which was caught on video and went viral.

Police Commission President Suzy Loftus says a new use-of-force policy proposal, focusing on de-escalation techniques, will be finalized by the commission by February.

In order to get public input on what that policy may look like, the commission has set up a series of hearings to get as much feedback as possible.
The first hearing will start at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Third Baptist Church at 1399 McAllister St.

The next hearing is set for Jan. 26 at the Bayview YMCA at 1601 Lane St. The next is set for Jan. 27 at an unscheduled location.

Another hearing on the subject, at the Board of Supervisor’s Rules Committee, is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday in City Hall. A representative from the police department is expected to appear to discuss alternatives to current uses of force.

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