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.


Chris Roberts at the SFAppeal searched through the Human Rights Commission's minutes and discovered that police commission candidate Julius Turman has a spotty attendance record.

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Now that this fact along with the domestic violence history Sarah Phelan wrote about is known to the full Board of Supervisors will David Campos support David Waggoner on Tuesday, June 14th? That is the question that counts now.

Waggoner is the only applicant to the Police Commission with a history of working on behalf of police reform. It is legitimate to ask members of this Board of Supervisors, "What would it take for you to act on the fact that the SFPD has no respect for basic civil liberties in 2011 and why won't you support a qualified candidate for the police commission?" Someone who will have to recuse himself on domestic violence police misconduct cases and doesn't even show up to the Human Rights Commission is not substantive change.

David Campos represents arguably the most progressive supervisorial district in San Francisco. He was the endorsed candidate of the SF Bay Guardian in 2008 which has a history of promoting enlightened policing and reform of the SFPD. How do these electoral roots match up with voting for the Alice Co-Chair Julius Turman -- who may be like "family" but then the basis of the vote would be something akin to nepotism-- but who is a compromised pick for a commission that cries out for change and reform? The legitimate needs of San Francisco for a functioning police department outweigh the narrow political calculus being used here.

The existing commission with the exception of Petra DeJesus has made a mockery of the Proposition H reforms. The Fajitagate scandal --that led to Proposition H's passage --was caused by the same police culture that still runs the SFPD. Greg Suhr was promoted by Alex Fagan. Today, there are members of the Board of Supervisors, who for reasons that remain unclear, are choosing to enable that very culture while describing themselves as progressives.

Posted by guest on Jun. 11, 2011 @ 11:58 am

I am shocked to learn what Turman has been accused of. I can't imagine any supervisor voting for such a problematic candidate --- for the POLICE COMMISSION???

And what is all of this crap about Turman "earning" support from Campos because he is longtime friend. This isn't about friendship; it's about qualifications. Right? And not being arrested for such a violent assault should be the number #1 qualification for being on the Police Commission.

Or maybe that's just me.

Posted by Common Sense SF on Jun. 11, 2011 @ 7:17 pm

DHS is expanding their polygraph program to fight corruption of their CBP agents. http://t.co/fMENr60
All levels of law enforcement should follow their lead. Corruption on any and every level is no longer an option we can ignore. It has become a National & World Security issue. Responsibility and accountability starts with us.

Posted by CA_target on Jun. 12, 2011 @ 2:42 pm