Read final version of failed SF resolution supporting police protests

AP Photo/Ben MargotProtestors chained together block the intersection of Broadway and 7th Street in front of the Oakland Police department Monday.

Language in a San Francisco Board of Supervisors resolution supporting protests in response to the police killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island, N.Y., came under fire by the Police Officers Association, which led to its rejection Tuesday night in a 5-4 vote.

In response to the criticism, resolution author Supervisor John Avalos made a number of amendments after he discussed the issue with Police Chief Greg Suhr leading up to the vote. However, he still could not get the six votes needed for approval.

The final version tones down the previous version that outraged the police union leadership while adding praise to the San Francisco Police Department. But the changes were not enough.

The resolution would have officially supported a “commitment to equal justice” and the #Justice4AlexNieto #BlackLivesMatter movements.

Protests nationwide began in late November after a Missouri grand jury failed to indict Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, and they intensified after the New York City officer who choked Eric Garner to death also avoided a grand jury indictment in early December. The protests have been especially robust in Berkeley and Oakland, with ongoing demonstrations since both decisions were announced.

Avalos and his supporters – supervisors David Campos, Jane Kim and Eric Mar – said any further edits to tone down the language would have made the resolution pointless. Only nine supervisors voted because Norman Yee was absent and the District 3 seat remains vacant since David Chiu left for the California Assembly on Dec. 1.

Here is the final version of the resolution that Avalos asked the board to approve:

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Avalos Amendment (Text)

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