Supes choose Hammer for commission

The appointment of James Hammer to the Police Commission was sent out of the Board of Supervisors Rules Committee Thursday.

Hammer, who is thought to be a potential District Attorney candidate, was hailed by Supervisor Chris Daly. “What [Hammer} can do is he can go into the police commission and be an immediate game changer. I think that we need an immediate game changer right now,” Daly said.

Hammer’s public safety experience includes serving as a reserve police officer, an assistant district attorney and a law professor.

The seven-member Police Commission is required to set “policy for the Police Department and to conduct disciplinary hearings on charges of police misconduct filed by the Chief of Police or Director of the Office of Citizen Complaints, impose discipline in such cases as warranted, and hear police officers’ appeals from discipline imposed by the Chief of Police,” according to the commission’s web site.

One of Hammer’s goals is to erase the backlog of disciplinary cases. “There are discipline cases right now from several years ago, not months. That’s missed up,” Hammer told the committee.

Bay Area NewsGovernment & PoliticsPoliticsUnder the Dome

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

SF protests continue with Golden Gate Bridge takeover, Mission march and more

Nearly two weeks after death of George Floyd, thousands turn out to demand justice and reform

Officer who knelt with George Floyd protesters accused of insubordination a day later

Rubin Rhodes, a black officer who identifies as non-binary, sent home for wearing earrings

SF officer involved in shooting death of homeless man quit while facing discipline, landed new job in Antioch

An officer who faced discipline for needlessly escalating a confrontation that led… Continue reading

Most Read