Miyamoto and jail abuse

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A new video produced by lawyer Ben Rosefeld includes disturbing footage of deputy sheriffs under the supervision of Paul Miyamoto using excessive force on peaceful protesters. It reflects charges in a 2007 lawsuit against the city -- and evidence collected in that case shows that Miyamoto, now a captain in the department and a candidate for sheriff, was an active participant in the alleged misconduct.

The lawsuit is a result of a protest that took place in June, 2004, when activists were demonstrating against a biotech conference in the city. Protesters dressed as mutant animals marched through the streets, and 17 were arrested and taken to the county jail.

The protesters declined to give their names -- and at some point, sheriff’s deputies were directed to remove them from a holding cell.
As the video -- taken by the Sheriff’s Department and released as part of the lawsuit -- shows, the deputies used physical force to pull the protesters out of the cell. The protesters were holding on to each other -- and in some cases, the level of force used certainly appears excessive.

Remember: These were nonviolent activists who never threatened the deputies or gave any sign that they were dangerous.

Miyamoto, then a sergeant, both supervised and participated in the removal. In a legal document responding to questions from Rosenfeld, who represented the protesters, Miyamoto said that he, along with another sergeant, had developed the extraction plan and “became physically involved in the cell extractions on more than one occasion.”

I called Miyamoto and sent him a copy of the video. He told me that he was, indeed, involved and said the video was “a fair representation” of what happened.

“I stand by out decision that night,” he told me, saying he didn’t see anything in the video that bothered him or that was inappropriate.

“Our job was to get them out individually, and we took great pains not to harm anybody,” he said.

The lawsuit charged that some of the protesters were seriously injured during the extraction. It was settled when the city agreed to pay $25,000.

Sup. Ross Mirkarimi, who is running for sheriff, told me that the video was, indeed, disturbing. “I think it speaks for itself,” he said, adding that he didn’t think the tactics were appropriate.

“This is why we need an independent sheriff who isn’t connected to the Deputy Sheriff’s Association,” he said.

Comments

Check out VIMEO and see the video where Ross is asking Miyamoto to be his second. Ross knows he is not going to get any second place votes and is scrambling. This video is not sadistic at all. 75 percent of these protesters complied with the processing process. This group in particular spit at deputies, screamed any time they were talked to by deputies, refused to give their names and cursed at staff. They were given multiple opportunities to comply with simple orders. Sheriff Hennessey directed cameras to be set up to video tape them, since most of them were likely to sue for anything possible. Plans on how to deal with them were discussed and Miyamoto followed orders. There were no batons or chemical agents used. There was no excessive force. Protesters such as these, plan ahead to refuse to walk and cause staff to have to drag them.

This is no more than a video that has been chop edited and shown for shock value. Where are the parts where they were spitting, cursing and refusing to follow simple orders? they have been removed.

It is high time that Sheriff Hennessey denounce this political attack on Captain Miyamoto.

Posted by Voter on Nov. 05, 2011 @ 10:49 am

Hennessey already said something when he refused to endorse this guy, and moved him from his assignment out at San Bruno when it became clear he did not have a handle on the sadistic bullies who were beating the crap out of inmates then falsifying incident reports. This video is the tip of the iceberg and that is why the DSA and the Miayamoto "Brown Shirts" are shitting bricks. And the reference to number two in this your VIMEO was a reference to fecal matter. Seriously now, if I was Ross the first thing I would do when I win would be to clean house and bring in real leadership from outside the department and get rid of two major slobs who some how clawed their way into chief's positions. No wonder there is so much union bashing going on!

Posted by JailWatch on Nov. 06, 2011 @ 6:16 pm

Yes, move from Bruno to head up the Liason position with the Office of Emergency Services. Wow, what demotion there. Get your facts straight as right now, you're pretty clueless about what you speak

Posted by Steve on Nov. 07, 2011 @ 12:32 pm

Check out VIMEO and see the video where Ross is asking Miyamoto to be his second. Ross knows he is not going to get any second place votes and is scrambling. This video is not sadistic at all. 75 percent of these protesters complied with the processing process. This group in particular spit at deputies, screamed any time they were talked to by deputies, refused to give their names and cursed at staff. They were given multiple opportunities to comply with simple orders. Sheriff Hennessey directed cameras to be set up to video tape them, since most of them were likely to sue for anything possible. Plans on how to deal with them were discussed and Miyamoto followed orders. There were no batons or chemical agents used. There was no excessive force. Protesters such as these, plan ahead to refuse to walk and cause staff to have to drag them.

This is no more than a video that has been chop edited and shown for shock value. Where are the parts where they were spitting, cursing and refusing to follow simple orders? they have been removed.

It is high time that Sheriff Hennessey denounce this political attack on Captain Miyamoto.

Posted by Voter on Nov. 05, 2011 @ 10:50 am

COMPLAIN – COMPLAIN – COMPLAIN MIYAMOTO CLAN
Why is it ok for most of you to try and put down the Best Supervisor District 5 ever had and will be the next best San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, from the retiring 32 year Sheriff Michael Hennessey and his endorsement.

First, for your information, that former deputy Palma is no longer volunteering and was NOT hired as a campaign worker/driver and the other deputy retired from the San Francisco Sheriff’s department and not terminated do your homework before blasting. And yes he is volunteering for the future San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi.

Now, do you and your family want Sheriff's Captain Paul Miyamoto to run the San Francisco Sheriff's department like this in the video and pay money out for injuries? “Hell NO!” What else is in his closet? I’m sure lot’s undocumented. Maybe he covered up for other deputies? Who knows now?

I just spoke to a few long time San Francisco deputy Sheriffs and one San Francisco Sheriff’s supervisor. The deputies told me, if they were in a secured area of the jail. What's was the rush to extract them from the cell? They said. While I was watching the video, it didn't appear the custodies were fighting with anyone, they were just making noise. The deputies and the supervisor told me that they would give an order to comply and spray a burst of mace. Made sense to me, Why not just spray mace and wash their eyes later? Now what a smart idea! These are S.F. deputies and a supervisor that came up with this good game plan not Paul Miyamoto who was in charge. Get this, these are SF deputies, (I didn’t ask the supervisor) who are afraid of internal deputies retaliating against them if they supported Ross as a San Francisco Sheriff. Key words here, “Retaliating and the Video of proof”. Why should deputies be afraid of other deputies? Oh, my goodness! Look at Ross for Sheriff Website and make right decision and vote for him. www.rossforsheriff.org

By the way, someone mentioned that Sheriff Hennessey knew of how the extraction from the cell was going down. I kind of doubt this, bothering him on a Friday night after 6pm at his home? If they did, I’m sure his decision would be made different than Paul's.

We all need to make the right choice. This is why I ask you all to share this and tell your family and friends to vote for Ross Mirkarimi for San Francisco Sheriff, next Tuesday, November 8th, 2011. He was endorsed by the 32 yr. retiring Sheriff Hennessey. Vote Ross Mirkarimi for SF Sheriff.

Posted by Guest Guest on Nov. 05, 2011 @ 11:00 am

No one uses the word MACE! You have watching to much TV. You didn't talk to anyone in the department.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 05, 2011 @ 11:17 am

How about this then..... "Chemical Agent!" Really that petty? Shaking my head at you!
Can you name them?
How about this: OC, CN, CS, Smoke etc, just to name a few.
Can go on but why bore everyone and I'm not even a cop just educated and knowledgeble.
Done wasting time on here with all you non Ross supporters. I got work to do on the street of San Francisco in support of Ross for Sheriff.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 05, 2011 @ 12:08 pm

Cleaning your tent at Justin Herman? Gotcha. Didn't mean to keep you. Have a good one.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 05, 2011 @ 12:28 pm

Why don't you get your facts straight. First Sheriff Hennessey endorsed and supported the actions that took place. You have a group of disruptive protesters that was dealt accordingly. They were given ample time to coorperate. However, they chose to ignore the request. In fact the Sheriff's Department including the Sheriff waited paitently and was able to bring the people involved from other facilities. The video was filmed by the Sheriff's Department. There was no rush to action or judgement by the people involved. Time to make a planned action was taken. Why don't you ask how much did the lawyer get out of the judgement. The judgement you state was to get rid of a leach because its cheaper to buy them off than cover the cost to take it to court. You leaching lawyers all know this.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 05, 2011 @ 11:57 am

Well, not sure who you spoke to, but as one in the Sheriff's Admin at City Hall, I can attest Hennessey & Undersheriff Dempsey approved the extraction. There isn't one decision made in the Sheriff's Dept of this magnitude without the Sheriff's blessing.

As for retaliation by fellow deputies get real. The deputies have disagreements amongst themselves on various issue regularly and they don't go around setting each other up. Secondly, the command staff belongs to an entirely different association (MSA), and could care less about what a deputy thinks if they disagree.

The Sheriff endorsed both Cunnie (originally) and now Ross for the simple fact of programs, most notably Charter Schools. All candidates support the continuation of Charter Schools, but Capt Miyamoto is the one who is ready to expose the shame in the Charter Schools.

Any inmate who does not have a Diploma or GED is sent to Charter School. Well, intended of course. The CS gets funding based on seats being filled, not based on graduation rates.

The Classification/Housing Unit has been ordered to send folks to CS, even if they already have a GED or Diploma, and more recently ordered to send those with BA/BS degrees. Hey, it's all about keeping a seat warm to get $$.

The Sherriff, Ross & Cunnie tout the success of the CS. They, along with the head Programs Director know one little secret; how to lie with stats. Other program staff & deputies were asked to conduct Stats on recidivism rates of those returning to jail & CS. The result? Only 7% recidivism rate. One small problem, those conducting the states were ordered not to include those returning on Probation Violations. Per the Admin, these folks aren't really returning on a new crime, but a crime they already were convicted of. Uh Huh?! A probation violation is the result of new criminal behavior and contact with SFPD. Even Adult Probation has an issue with this thinking.

Meanwhile, the CS is making so much money now, suddenly Program Heads are being Board members of the non-profit CH. And, the CH company is now expanding to other counties.

Trust me, most in Law Enforcement are not opposed to rehabilitation and schooling, but this is total exploitation to gain money for a non-profit.

There are over 50,000 bookings annually in the jail. Reality, it's about the same 3,200 people get arrested over and over again. In 5 years of charter school, that's 250,000 bookings, and what, only 60-something graduations? Again, funding is NOT based on graduation rates.

To illustrate how the top Program Head (Sunny Schwartz) is freaking out, she first loves Cunnie when he was active Undersheriff for a whopping 3 months, then endorses Ross, when his chances look good (see her YouTube video), then she jumps ship back to Chris (see her 2nd YouTube Video). Who is less likely to expose the CH issues? Then other programs staff have conveyed Ms. Schwartz is running a fear campaign, telling staff if Miyamoto is elected, he will disband the programs. Yeah, right. Capt Miyamoto supports the programs and has even endorsed measures to place those in the program who truly have 18 mos jail time. Many now, under new laws, serve on 50% of their time, with another 20% removed for good time. Thus, hard to CS someone who is transitional. And, in a City, where the City's own website states you need to make $31/hour, what jobs are waiting this population? This is where programs need to expand, bringing custodies back in touch with trade groups, CA Culinary Academy, etc. These were all cut years back.

And, you're asking people to endorse a guy who agrees with proposed legislation that a person's felony criminal conviction can't be use by landlords or employers for housing & jobs. Wow, so the banks can't run a background check and hires someone who just got felony convictions for embezzlement. Fortunately, if SF passes such an ordinance it will be knocked out by the courts as it already has been in other Municipalities.

Maybe some day, those endorsing Chris or Ross will actually ask to tour the jails, learn what the SFSD does, and where the Admin fails

Funny, got 2 grant writers for inmate programs, but no grant writer to get funds out of the Federal $5 Bln Homeland Security fund for new radios, equipment, and lots of other stuff, the City would not have to cover.

Lots of priorities there.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 07, 2011 @ 1:00 pm

We don't vote for a sherriff because of his views on education.

Anyone but Ross.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 07, 2011 @ 1:37 pm

Let's lower the rhetoric for a bit here. I'll tell you a couple of things. I have been campaigning for Miyamoto. All I hear all day long is, "Anybody but Mirkarimi." He is not going to win.

The Miyamoto campaign under Paul's leadership was told not to attack the other candidates by Paul himself. Look at the "hit piece" put out by Cunnie on Ross, at a cost of $80,000 of corrupt POA money. But you remain silent on that. You also remain silent on the "Cunnie Excessive Force" video that is circulating on the internet. Where he uses a baton. Do your equal due diligence and look that up and then I will respect you.

In the academy you are taught use of force and you do not resort to spraying OC agent in the eyes of seated protesters. What you are saying should have been done, would have been excessive force.

Mirkarimi sees the momentum in Miyamoto's campaign and colluded with the ambulance chasing attorney Ben Rosenfeld to post this. And yes as someone who was present at this scene, the Sheriff was called at home.

Posted by GuestVoter on Nov. 05, 2011 @ 11:17 am

I have no doubt that Cunnie is capable of some pretty nasty violence. From observing him in social interactions, the guy seems to be a bully and a thug. But I hadn't seen the video so I can't comment. If you have a link that would be great.

Like one poster above said, "two ugly flavors of thug." I'm not voting for either one.

Posted by Greg on Nov. 05, 2011 @ 1:06 pm

Wait!!!! You mean tested with a city and county of San Francisco Civil Service exam as a Supervisor/Captain and NOT promoted by Hennessey. Yes, after a supervisor is appointed through the civil service process Hennessey can move the individual to different positions of rank within the department. This is with all City and County departments people. This is a fair process that all city and county employees must take to promote within.
Are you all that illiterate of the process that you were hired as deputies to not know the correct process of promotions? Wow! Maybe this is why the great Sheriff Michael Hennessey only promoted very few intelligent undersheriff's from not from outside the department. Hennessey had to hire individuals from outside to do the job due to the many within, he probably felt couldn't do the undersheriff's job without ruining the Hennessey legacy.

Vote Ross Mirkarimi for Sheriff!!!

Posted by Guest Guest on Nov. 05, 2011 @ 11:26 am

Wait!!!! You mean tested with a city and county of San Francisco Civil Service exam as a Supervisor/Captain and NOT promoted by Hennessey. Yes, after a supervisor is appointed through the process Hennessey can move to different positions within the department within the same ranks. This is with all City and County departments people. This is a fair process that all city and county employees must take to promote within. Do you deputies remember how you were hired? You tested with the city and county civil service exam process as a ranking number. The same as within…
Are you all that illiterate to not know the correct process of promotions? Wow! Maybe this is why the great Sheriff Michael Hennessey only promoted very few intelligent undersheriff's from not from outside the department. Hennessey had to hire individuals from outside to do the job due to the many he probably felt couldn't do the undersheriff's job without ruining the Hennessey legacy.

I'm Voting Ross Mirkarimi for Sheriff!!!

Posted by Guest on Nov. 05, 2011 @ 11:36 am

Sheriff Hennessey has the right to pick and choose who he wants from the list once it comes out. He stated in a memo, not long ago, that he was proud of the fact that he hand selected the men and women of the department over the past 30 years including promotions.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 05, 2011 @ 12:07 pm

That was a public memo- talk to him in person. He will tell you about "all the bums' in his department. NO wonder people try to break unions, look at the the DSA and you will be embarrassed to be a union person too - BTW- they never picked a winner in a contested race.

Posted by SF CITIZEN on Nov. 05, 2011 @ 1:28 pm

Ross Mirkarimi, being termed out, and having a Venezuelan soap opera star and family support, needs a new job.

But I would hate for Progressive/Greens to lose that sold District 5 vote. And knowing how he abuses his staff, I think he needs to wait for the next election cycle.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 05, 2011 @ 12:59 pm

Gimmee a fucking break! In a town where the Kronikle and the Excreble are the primary print media outlets. There's shit on bathroom walls that has more validity.
Despite their occasional lapses, alternative media sources like SFBG, FogCityJournal, SFBayview,etc, are the last remnants of a local Free Press.

Posted by Patrick Monk. RN on Nov. 05, 2011 @ 1:51 pm

as his statement shows. Essentially he's saying that everyone should join the Chron in the race to the bottom!

Bottom line - the Guardian's diminishing number of printed pages is matched by its diminishing political influence. And as that influence diminishes it becomes more and more desperate and aligns itself closer and closer with left political campaigns it believes will boost it's flagging influence. It's really a vicious cycle and one very sad to watch - like an old druggie using greater and greater amounts of smack to get high.

Posted by guest on Nov. 05, 2011 @ 3:37 pm

Congrats to Bruce,

And all of his present crew and crews past for 45 years of robust Lefty advocacy on behalf of the San Francisco community.

All of you folks saying the Guardian is dead?

Why don't you go post on the Weekly or the Bay Citizen?

The Bay Guardian get's ten times their posts and you're driving the numbers up.

Hey, I scan all of these online pubs and the Guardian is tops.

To you all?

Vote for anybody on Tuesday.

Just vote!

and, as always ...

Go Niners!

h.

Posted by h. brown on Nov. 05, 2011 @ 5:50 pm

Two days ago he was heaping vituperative abuse on Tim, Steven and an assorted number of commenters - accusing them of destroying the progressive movement. Now he's singing a different tune. One wonders why?

You promised to no longer post here after November 9th H - it's in writing and everyone is hoping you stick to it. A real man never backs out of their promises. A man's word is all he's got. You still call yourself a man - don't you?

Posted by guest on Nov. 05, 2011 @ 7:45 pm

What will you do?
Switch from one half to a full day of autofellating?

Posted by Guest on Nov. 05, 2011 @ 11:05 pm

Clearly I'm luckier in that area than you.

Posted by guest on Nov. 06, 2011 @ 1:37 pm

..but drunk or sober I would rather read his reason than your rubbish any day.
It is a lady, or gentleman's, prerogative to change their mind, but that's probably way beyond your ken. I hope h at least occasionally posts here while he is writing the Great American Novel. The incessant mindless, ignorant bullshit that 'you' post here needs to be counterbalanced with the insight of those who are knowledgeable about the past and present of our political reality, even though we may at times differ on approaches to our current problems.
1) AVALOS
2) ADACHI
3) yee ?
NO ON C-D-E-F.

Posted by Patrick Monk. RN on Nov. 05, 2011 @ 8:25 pm

Thanks Patrick,

Again, I was born with talons so it's not necessary. I'm not quitting writing. Just following the local scene. For a year. I did it from my 49th to 50th year and got in great shape and finished my masters degree in South Carolina. No newspapers, news shows or the like. You'd be surprised how much time it frees up.

Y'all see where Joe Montana was pissed at the Avalos folks who put him in a commercial? Willie says in this morning's Chron that Montana endorsed Ed Lee to spite John.

Lucky for John Avalos. Joe Montana is nothing but a scab. During the players strike in '82 he and Dwight 'the catch' Clark crossed the picket lines.

Go Niners!

h.

Posted by h. brown on Nov. 06, 2011 @ 8:04 am

You seriously believe you have some kind of influence on the political scene - like you're an SRO-version of Rose Pak! You've stated before that you're a member of the "progressive intelligentsia," that you're "an incredible writer" and more.

What you are is an old broken down drunk who lives in an SRO and who no politician wants to touch with a ten-foot pole. You've been kicked out of numerous bars around town for your intolerable behavior towards others. You received 42 votes in your last run for public office. You're a legend in your own mind and no one gives a shit about your pretensions to great author or influencer status - what we care about is not having to read your bullshit comments anymore - which are lunacy-filled ravings combined with vaguely worded threats.

Posted by guest on Nov. 06, 2011 @ 2:14 pm

Just brutal.

Posted by Sambo on Nov. 06, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

Nor is he an anonymous pissant troll on the internet, which both you losers absolutely are.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 06, 2011 @ 3:50 pm

under the name "Guest".

Jesus man, you didn't see the hypocrisy in that? Just a little?

LOL...

Posted by Sambo on Nov. 06, 2011 @ 5:17 pm

"Guest." LOL - the cognitive dissonance involved in your statement is hilarious and even more so because you're too dumb to realize it.

H. Brown is just so brave - it takes a lot of bravery to publicize a commenters occupation along with an assortment of insults - that's bravery! Or to accuse city employees of posting under monikers - without having to back any of it up.

With H showing that kind of courage under fire it's a wonder he hasn't received the presidential medal of honor already!

Posted by guest on Nov. 06, 2011 @ 5:30 pm

while cowering in the internet darkness like the little ineffectual pussies you both are.

It's predictable that you would attack someone pointing this out, in an effort to avoid acknowledgement of your own cowardice.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 06, 2011 @ 8:09 pm

Then why are you spending your time responding to our comments?

And yes, thank you for acknowledging that h. Brown did take advantage of Marcos' willingness to use his real name when posting comments here.

Posted by guest on Nov. 06, 2011 @ 8:29 pm

Paul Miyamoto directs and participates in using violence against peaceful protesters. As one of the people shown on the video I can attest to this first hand. San Francisco will continue to be a city where people take to the streets to have their voices heard and exercise their democratic rights. The city needs leadership that can address situations peacefully and Miyamoto has demonstrated he does not.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 06, 2011 @ 11:06 am

Paul Miyamoto directs and participates in using violence against peaceful protesters. As one of the people shown on the video I can attest to this first hand. San Francisco will continue to be a city where people take to the streets to have their voices heard and exercise their democratic rights. The city needs leadership that can address situations peacefully and Miyamoto has demonstrated he does not.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 06, 2011 @ 11:09 am

Pray tell,

Exactly how would you have moved detainees (yourself included) from Point A to Point B without literally dragging them which is how you insisted upon being moved.

My good, Guest, when you were little did your momma have to drag you out of bed and did you get your daddy the lawyer to sue her when she did?

Niners win again!!

h.

Posted by h. brown on Nov. 06, 2011 @ 2:29 pm

I'm sure this genius would have passed out tents and port-o-potties to these fine folks and let them stay in the jail forever.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 06, 2011 @ 6:58 pm

Marke,

I've truly enjoyed publishing these exchanges for the last few years and will certainly miss the likes of Joe Fire and Arthur Evans. Before I join them I thought I'd spend some time doing a novel, play and stand-up comedy routine over the next year.

All of you who are friends are on my blast list and won't miss a beat.

If you can't re-invent yourself, you'll always just be yourself,

h.

Posted by h. brown on Nov. 06, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

We'll never have to read another one after Nov 8th (and that's straight from H himself). So good luck, H, with the tits 'n ass, fart and Jew jokes at your standup routine. I'm SURE you'll be a HUGE hit - in someplace like Alabama.

Posted by guest on Nov. 07, 2011 @ 12:24 pm

A sheriff is elected, like the President, the Governor and the Mayor, to be the commander-in-chief equivalent of the armed forces. Civilians are elected and not beholden ONLY to law enforcement b/c they represent the interests of the people and run the department. Unlike the Chief of Police who isn't elected, a Sheriff must ensure that the public is protected from abuse and increased chances of crime. Otherwise, he'll only do what's in the interests of the cops.
Ross has cops get out of the car and walk the beats for public safety - he overrode the veto of Newsom (in the pockets of the cops - unlike Ross, but like the other two candidates) to get it done and the crime rate went down dramatically - the community loved it. Miyamoto's treatment of peaceful public protestors is apparent in the video.

Ross has helped co-create reentry councils and the NOVA program to ensure that people getting out of jail become functioning members of society, rather than a repeat criminal offender who returns to jail. Cunnie worked at Walden House, but his experience in anything outside of it is limited and Miyamoto doesn't appear to have experience beyond just the Sheriff's office.

Ross graduated from the police academy as class president; he's a former navy reserve with honorable discharge and he was a criminal investigator with the DA for several years. The current sheriff, Mike Hennessey, was NEVER a cop - he was an ACLU attorney - and he's done an incredible job for 31 years in reform efforts for the department. He wishes Ross to continue his progressive legacy - if we don't vote for Ross, criminal justice reform in San Francisco will go backwards. It's crucial to recognize the need for reform that necessarily means we need an independent sheriff - not a cop.

The head of the Sheriff's office needs to be experienced in policy, progressive politics, runninng the department and being beholden to the public. Ross is all of these. He is the most experienced and would not tolerate abusive tactics to prisoners, the public or the police. He's fine with discipline, but not excessive use of force where not necessary.

Posted by Kyra on Nov. 07, 2011 @ 6:51 am

I'm not voting for Ross because he will politicize a position that, in the opinion of many, should not be elected at all. We don't elect a police chief, so why do we elect a Sherriff, who has even less leeway.

If you look at what a sherriff does, it is almost entirely constrained by law. He runds the courts, the jails, handles evictions and foreclosures, and then does some process-serving etc.

There really isn't much discretion in how you do that. It's a matter of following processes and procedures. So what we want is someone who actually understands the operations i.e. a law enforcement officer, and not a politician who has attended some classes in how to be a cop.

We don't want the job doing "progressively". We need it doing competently. The perfect sherriff is never seen or heard - he's just quietly doing his job. Ross will use the job as a step in his political career. I don't trust him to be quiet and competent - it would bore him.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 07, 2011 @ 7:32 am

I'm tired of this meme that the default ideology is right-wing conservatism, and anything else is "politicizing." Wrong. Everything is political. How prisoners are treated, how demonstrators are treated, whether the sheriff works for the people or the banks, which laws are given priority, whether there's accountability for police abuse... it's all political. I don't mind an honest debate about which kind of ideological framework you want guiding your decisions (you obviously want a conservative, I want a progressive), but I find it irritating when someone tries to delegitimize other people's point of view in this way before the debate even begins.

Posted by Greg on Nov. 07, 2011 @ 9:07 am

What I said is that the job of Sherriff isn't one that can be done in either a left-wing or a right-wing way. Such distinctions don't make any sense in a context where the job is essentially following laws, processes, protocols and procedures.

How does an armed guard in a courtroom do his job in a left-wing way? How do you perform an eviction in a right-wing way? How does socialism inform how you run a jail? These questions make no sense.

It's not ideology dictating how you treat a prisoner. There are rules to follow, and the Sherrif isn't writing those rules - his job is to follow them regardless of his politics.

It would make far more sense to elect the police chief than the Sherriff, and we don't even do that. Ross would be a distraction in this job because he would try and seek out ways of politicizing it, rather than focusing on following the rules.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 07, 2011 @ 9:27 am

In fact the talking point is that you DON'T say it. To actually come out and SAY that you want the Republican-endorsed candidates Miyamoto and Cunnie, because they're conservative... that's a no-winner.

So NOT saying it is precisely the meme: Instead, you say progressives are "politicizing" the office, while conservatives are merely "doing their job."

In the corporate media you can peddle that steaming pile of dogshit and sell it as chocolate fudge, but if you try it here in San Francisco, people will call it what it is.

Posted by Greg on Nov. 07, 2011 @ 9:50 am

But there are three alternatives to Ross so will vote for all of those, since we have 3 picks.

I honestly don't know which of those three would make the most competent Sherriff. All I am saying is that there is only one career politician standing for what is a non-political position, so one can exclude Ross not because he is left-wing but because we doesn't want a politician in that position.

Meaning, if a career Republican politician was standing, I wouldn't vote for him either.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 07, 2011 @ 10:02 am

Mirkarimi on the new head of the SFPD:
He’s a cop’s cop. I know that he’s well liked within the department. He comes from within the department so he’ll waste no time in hitting the ground running, and that’s exactly I think what we need in San Francisco.

http://www.kron4.com/Article.aspx?ArticleID=881 @1:00

Mirkarimi on running for Sheriff:
He [Sheriff Hennessey] was never a cop. This race is not about whom can out-cop whom.

http://sanfrancisco.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=139&clip_id=13298 @ 15:08

Posted by Double Standard on Nov. 07, 2011 @ 10:31 am

the subject of whether experience in LE is required for a LE job?

Posted by Guest on Nov. 07, 2011 @ 10:54 am

I was there. I was one of the 38 protesters, not 17, who refused to give their names and was physically extracted from the holding cells. Let me just state that one of the reasons we were not giving our names was because we knew that they had arrested us on bogus charges. When we were marching in the streets we were surrounded by the SFPD, who demanded over loudspeakers that we disperse. When we tried to disperse they wouldn't let us. I can only presume that they did they so they could keep face when reporting to the news about asking us to disperse, conveniently omitting their backwards tactics.
Granted we were angry youth marching in the streets, but i ask what would have cost the city more money and caused less damage, allowing a handful of protesters to disturb traffic for a relatively small amount of time or throwing them all in jail, brutally extracting them from their cells while already in jail and then paying 25,000 dollars in retribution?
I have seen some posts say that there were a lot of things that weren't seen on the video that caused the cops to do what they did, like the protesters spitting on officers and calling them names, etc. Although I was not one of these people, and I don't remember any of these things happening, shouldn't cops lean towards de-escalating situations, rather than spinning them further out of control. I mean that is their job right? They signed up to protect and serve. How can they do this job correctly if they continue to take individual's actions personally. I have worked in the mental health arena for a decade now and, let me tell you I could never do my job if I took the behaviors of those with disabilities personally and retaliated in likeness.

There were also many things that the cops did that were not seen on the video. During the day when the police walked prisoner's back and forth from cells they repeatedly opened the window to the womens' cell, allowing the prisoners and guards full access to watch the women use the restroom. When extracting us from our cells they twisted appendages before the breaking point, grabbed onto our skin and twisted it while pushing down. Although you don't see them beating anyone with batons, they used different pain compliances that were quite painful and left a lasting impression. One member was physically unable to walk for 6 months. When taken through the processing they physically forced our fingers to take prints, breaking someone's thumb in the process. If this isn't excessive force than what is it?
Currently you witness protesters in Greece and Italy smashing windows, setting fire to buildings and cars, and physically combating the police force. It makes sense that police there would retaliate with similar force and an expected reply. But why did it need to happen in this instance? What was Paul Miyamoto and his crew trying to counter affect? Is this appropriate for a group of people who were already confined to a cell and were no longer causing any problems. Our case was going to go before a judge. Why was it so urgent for the SFPD to physically extract us and place us in smaller cells before this happened?
My concern with electing someone who has had NO instinct in how to handle situations correctly, is that other benign incidents might inevitably occur where people are treated harshly causing something worse than the initial incident to develop.
Unfortunately we have reached a point in our society where this is no longer an individual issue. People make mistakes and sometimes screw-up. I forgive Paul Miyamoto and the rest who wronged us, but this will not end if we just don't elect him for Sheriff. This has become an instutionally wide pandemic, where policing institutions all over the country are allowing and rewarding their members for acting this way. It's high time that we recognize what is being done to one of us is being done to all of us, and stand up for ourselves and say that "We will no longer be treated inhumanly in the name of peace and prosperity. And let all who care to know that "The end never justify the means. The means are the end."

Posted by member of the protesters on Nov. 07, 2011 @ 11:57 am

The articles states: "Sup. Ross Mirkarimi, who is running for sheriff, told me that the video was, indeed, disturbing. “I think it speaks for itself,” he said, adding that he didn’t think the tactics were appropriate. “This is why we need an independent sheriff who isn’t connected to the Deputy Sheriff’s Association,”

First, anyone who knows the DSA & Sheriff Hennessey, knows there has been little love lost between the two since Dave Wong was President (and now terminated for use of force). Even when the two side discuss issues, in no way is Sheriff Hennessey beholdened to the DSA. If he was, why would he endorse Ross, who just insulted him claiming the two are bed fellows.

If Ross, says the "I think it speaks for himself.." with regard to the video, then I have to ask, why Ross, then don't you view the entire dozens of video that were shot that day/evening.

FBI clue, I was one of a dozen who were given the videos to review the by the Sheriff's Dept Internal Affairs Unit. Why did we review? To ID every deputy for the defense in a Civil Suit, so we're pretty objective as we were representing those arrested.

What the Video doesn't show, is how the arrestees were offered meals, but refused. They refused to identify themselves, thus they could not be immediately cited; yes, all citable protesting charges. What this video also fails to show is the hours and hours of video of the protesters dancing, giving the middle finger to the video cameras (which there were six (6) cameras), putting their jackets up on the glass to avoid being video taped, etc.

What you see here, is standard POST Recognized cell extraction based on discussions with the Dept of Justice who also was involved in the review of the incident. Once the deputies arrived, they would knock on the cell door and give verbal notification of entry and comply orders (all of which is muted out, except the screams of horror). The protesters would jump to the floor, make a circle, intertwine arms, then scream as one was removed. Once that one was removed, they would all stand up, cheer and begin to dance and bird the video cameras again.

Over 40 deputies identified and NOT ONE had a judgement against them in court. And, while all this was going down, Sheriff Hennessey and defense counsel agreed to drop all charges. Actually, it was the DA's Office who dropped the charges. Once freed, they were let out of the jail exit gate (again, that was tapped, but not shown here) where they would all cheer and dance, awaiting the next release.

You know, I was a Mirkarimi supporter, but this article just convinced me that Ross is truly clueless and ready to pass judgement without apparently viewing the entire hours of video on this incident. And, his recent support of legislation that would prohibit landlords and employers form using criminal background to deny housing & employment further illustrates he's not the best choice to create a safer San Francisco. I guess he, like other BOS members, think the City can override rights already recognized by the Federal HUD and the CA Dept of Housing & CA Dept of Employment.

Posted by Zak on Nov. 07, 2011 @ 12:30 pm

Just for the record, people elect sheriffs all over the place - red states, blue states, etc. It's not a special thing that San Francisco does.

Ross is much more high profile than the other candidates and yes, he likes to talk (sometimes too much) - but I don't think either of those qualities should keep him from deserving consideration. Personally I have never known Ross to be abusive to others either. I have worked with him on many campaigns which often lead to very intense moments of stress, and while I've heard him bark a few times, Ross never lost his cool - there's a difference. He is a demanding boss, but I think that's due to his pursuit of excellence, not a sign that he's secretly a dick.

Ross is an extremely energetic, type-A sort of person. He would bring a lot of energy to the Sheriff's office and considering the challenges that are coming our way with the influx of state inmates, it may be a good thing to have someone like Ross come in and work extremely hard to overcome those challenges.

If someone is worried that Ross wouldn't take this job seriously, I don't think that is a problem. Ross has been interested in running for Sheriff for as long as I have known him, so it's not just a "I need a job because I'm termed out" situation. Ross is running now because he would never have run against Mike Hennessey.

I also don't think Ross is a career politician. Ross has been quite proud of his involvement in forming the Green Party in CA and being one of it's leaders. There is really no reason to do any of those things if you are trying to carve out a career for yourself as an elected official or a patronage employee - even in San Francisco.

Posted by Matt on Nov. 07, 2011 @ 5:33 pm