The Coalition for Safe San Francisco, along with EJS and dozens of other community organizations, civil rights groups and professional bar associations, sent a letter today to Mayor Edwin Lee, expressing alarm and opposition to his statements in support of implementing a “stop-and-frisk” policy in San Francisco.
On June 27, Mayor Lee told the San Francisco Chronicle’s editorial board that he is considering implementing a “stop-and-frisk” policy to address gun violence in San Francisco.
Mayor Lee indicated that he had discussed the idea with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Aliya Karmali, of the National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, stated, “The National Lawyers Guild and others were extremely surprised that Mayor Lee was looking to New York City’s ‘stop-and-frisk’ as a model practice for San Francisco, when the New York City program has been thoroughly discredited and criticized as discriminatory.” Karmali also noted that “less than a month ago, on June 17, thousands of New Yorkers marched in the street to protest this precise policy.”
The Coalition’s letter asserts that the proposed policy is ineffective and damaging to communities already plagued by high rates of police misconduct and incarceration.
The Coalition of groups joins a growing chorus of opposition to the prospect of implementing a “stop-and-frisk” policy in San Francisco that includes SFPD Police Chief Greg Suhr and SF Public Defender Jeff Adachi.
The letter calls upon Mayor Lee to make an immediate public statement to assure San Franciscans that he is no longer considering the adoption of a “stop-and-frisk” policy in San Francisco and that any steps he takes to address gun violence will be implemented in a way that does not rely on racial or other forms of profiling.
Read the full announcement on safesf.org.