Toney Chaplin is acting chief of police in San Francisco.(Connor Hunt/ Special to SF Examiner)

SF residents, leaders welcome ideas of interim police chief

About 100 people from the NAACP and Brothers Against Guns, a San Francisco organization that aims to end violence, met Sunday afternoon in San Francisco to hear from The City’s interim police chief.

Chief Toney Chaplin took the helm Thursday when Chief Greg Suhr resigned following the fatal shooting of 29-year-old Jessica Williams in the Bayview District, San Francisco’s third officer-involved shooting since December.

Chaplin got good marks from at least two leaders of the black community after the 3 p.m. meeting at the Third Baptist Church of San Francisco.

“He has the character, the competency, the chemistry and the courage to lead this department,” NAACP San Francisco president Rev. Amos Brown said.

Chaplin also has the level head to step into a crisis situation, according to Brown.

NAACP San Francisco vice president and executive director of Brothers Against Guns Shawn Richard said he was very impressed with the new chief’s ideas and plans.

Richard said he expects a great outcome as the new chief implements Suhr’s ideas and his own.

Richard said Chaplin has a solid track record with no hiccups and is honest, compassionate and direct.

The meeting was held so that residents could meet the new chief and get to know his ideas and plans. It lasted about two hours.

Brown offered support for the outgoing chief, who he said was a scapegoat for the problems police officers in San Francisco are facing.

Brown said it was a mistake to blame one person for the problems.

The issue was making the reforms and Suhr was doing that, he said.


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