Tipping point - Page 4

Battle for a Police Commission appointment reflects ongoing problems in the department


With Hammer's departure, Chan and DeJesus, both board-appointed women of color, are the most progressive members of the commission. Chan hopes Hammer's replacement believes in strong civilian oversight. "We should never be a rubber stamp for the police department," he said. "We need to take community concerns very seriously. When the police department is doing great things, we should support them — but if we see something wrong, we should not be afraid to speak out."

Turman told the Guardian that "being the voice for reform and advising are not mutually exclusive roles — and an effective police commissioner needs to be both.

"I would advocate for series of meetings with representatives from the Arab community, the SFPD, and the FBI to increase communication and understanding of each side's perspective on exactly what we need to implement in San Francisco," Turman said.

Asked more about Tasers, Turman said that "one of the things I would be interested in pursuing is a recognition by some that female officers are less likely to incapacitate during an arrest, which could lead to learning for the larger police force."

But does this means Turman will turn out to be a swing vote for Tasers? Only time — and the board's June 14 vote — will tell.