Black Young Democrats rally against stop and frisk

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PHOTO BY THEO ELLINGTON

A group organized by the San Francisco Black Young Democrats rallied at City Hall today. Their message: no to stop and frisk.

Members of the group, as well as the ACLU and the Asian Law Caucus, said the policy would violate the civil rights of San Franciscans.

Supervisors Malia Cohen, along with Avalos, Campos, and Mar also attended the rally and expressed their support. They co-sponsored a non-binding resolution, introduced by Cohen,  that condemned the idea of implementing stop and frisk in San Francisco.

Mayor Ed Lee said he was considering implementing the controversial policy a few weeks ago.

Under a stop and frisk policy, police have the leeway to stop and search people that they consider suspicious. On average, 85 percent of those stopped in New York City are young African American and Latino men.

Opponents say racial profiling is inevitably involved and that, for people who may be carrying minor contraband but no dangerous weapons, this racial profiling leads to selective enforcement of laws. About 87 percent of those stopped in New York were completely innocent, according to numbers compiled by the New York Civil Liberties Union.

Lee said he suggested the idea after a spike of gun violence in June. But it has generated a backlash, and at today’s rally about 75 showed up to present a petition signed by more than 2,000 asking the mayor not to implement the policy.

Joaquin Torres, director of that office, accepted it on Lee’s behalf.

Lee himself didn’t engage with the protesters, but he did issue a statement not an hour after they left City Hall “clarifying his position” on stop and frisk.

“I want to be clear that I have not considered implementing a policy in San Francisco that would violate anyone’s constitutional rights or that would result in racial profiling,” the statement reads.

Ellington said the statement was not enough. “We want Mayor Ed Lee to say that he will not implement stop and frisk in San Francisco, nor any policies that are like stop and frisk. No policies that infringe upon our civil liberties,” Ellington told the Guardian.

“These are predatory policing practices that we don’t want in our city,” he said.

Comments

Thank YOU to the Black Young Dems and other orgs for standing up to this issues. The Mayor has it WRONG!

Posted by Guest on Jul. 18, 2012 @ 11:48 am

Rally "againt" stop and frisk.

Is that an egregious typo in a heading, or are you making fun of African-American diction?

Posted by Guest on Jul. 18, 2012 @ 1:48 pm

So you that correct thou mistake, Yule?

Posted by Guest on Jul. 18, 2012 @ 10:16 pm

6X as many stop and frisks in New York Mayor Bloomberg's administration -- after 4X reduction in crime -- means New York cops now make 24X as many stops -- and frisks -- per reported crime.

New York Times: 1 gun discovered every 500 frisks. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/12/nyregion/12frisk.html?_r=2

New York Times: “Last year, there were more than 120,000 stops of black and Latino children between 14 and 18. The total number of black and Latino boys that age in the entire city isn’t much more than that – about 177,000 …”
http://www.nytimes.com/schoolbook/2012/05/29/for-city-teens-stop-and-fri...

New York Times: 56 stops, 36 frisks in sector E of the 75th precinct on May 13. No weapons found, one arrested for transporting building materials without proof of ownership, one ticketed for open container.
http://www.bkbureau.org/one-day-life-stop-and-frisk

Any city wishing to emulate Mad King Bloomberg's criminal justice policy should consider his other off the wall bent: building a brand new $400 million dollar courthouse in the Bronx and another $670 million dollar one in Brooklyn -- again, after crime dropped 4X. http://www.nycourts.gov/publications/benchmarks/issue5/mega-courthouse.s...
http://www.nycourts.gov/publications/benchmarks/issue2/largest.shtml

I cannot speak to the condition of the old Brooklyn courthouses but in the late '70s I was in and out of the two Bronx courthouses with neighborhood kids. The "old" court is such a classic building -- the architectural anchor of the Bronx -- that I cannot the city imagine tearing it down -- would have worked for another 200 years. The other Bronx courthouse was brand new -- that's right; brand new -- in the 70s; built to take the overflow when crime was so much worse.

New York being the "Big Apple" can look like the standard for other cities to emulate -- tragically if they follow Mad King's indefensibly unconstitutional stop-and-frisk policy (New York Times estimates in some projects young males are stopped an average of 5X a year). Maybe other locales can contemplate its billionaire mayor's crazy court building spree as a warning sign that he may simply be lacking in elementary common sense. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/12/nyregion/12frisk.html?_r=4&pagewanted=all

Posted by Guest on Jul. 18, 2012 @ 4:08 pm

Prolly have a convention to go to. E-board meeting at the Sheraton in Anaheim or something -gotta prepare for that. There'll be parties in the suites, so gotta stock up on those GAP clothes to look good. And besides, there might be electeds there who might give them their next staffer job. Better not make waves protesting a Democratic mayor's policies.

Posted by Greg on Jul. 18, 2012 @ 9:41 pm

The Board of the San Francisco Young Democrats voted this week to oppose stop/frisk. And the SFYBD actually spoke to the full membership of SFYD about this controversial proposal yesterday. SFYD and SFYBD are totally on the same page on this issue.

Posted by Common Sense SF on Jul. 19, 2012 @ 3:56 pm

Better than nothin', but not by much

Posted by Greg on Jul. 19, 2012 @ 5:43 pm

It is disheartening to still hear stereotypes
about youth activists that belittle the effort that we put into affecting change.Stereotyping young people as drunken partiers is disrespectful to all the effort that our organization has put into holding meaningful debates, walking countless precincts, and engaging young citizens in the political process.

I, as President of and representing the San Francisco Young Democrats, was at Tuesday's rally with SFYD members in solidarity with BYDSF. We are building coalitions and supporting common goals. Simply because SFYD is not quoted in media articles does not that mean we are not engaging and advocating for the youth of San Francisco.

In fact we are not just advocating for the youth of San Francisco. Later in August we are traveling down to Costa Mesa with a coalition of YD groups to walk precincts with the Orange County Young Democrats in their battle against Republicans who are attempting to fire and outsource the entire civil workforce of Costa Mesa county.

Posted by Alex Mitra on Jul. 19, 2012 @ 11:10 pm

It is disheartening to still hear stereotypes
about youth activists that belittle the effort that we put into affecting change.Stereotyping young people as drunken partiers is disrespectful to all the effort that our organization has put into holding meaningful debates, walking countless precincts, and engaging young citizens in the political process.

I, as President of and representing the San Francisco Young Democrats, was at Tuesday's rally with SFYD members in solidarity with BYDSF. We are building coalitions and supporting common goals. Simply because SFYD is not quoted in media articles does not that mean we are not engaging and advocating for the youth of San Francisco.

In fact we are not just advocating for the youth of San Francisco. Later in August we are traveling down to Costa Mesa with a coalition of YD groups to walk precincts with the Orange County Young Democrats in their battle against Republicans who are attempting to fire and outsource the entire civil workforce of Costa Mesa county.

Posted by Alex Mitra on Jul. 19, 2012 @ 11:10 pm

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Posted by Demaemiainnprkm on May. 17, 2013 @ 6:33 pm

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Posted by Demaemiainnprkm on May. 17, 2013 @ 6:33 pm

Why not discuss the real issues. Crime, drugs, murder, prostitution? "Keep it real", "Man up" by any other word is the same BS. The hypocrisy of the "black democrats" considering this is a priority is shameful. Ignore the real problems in the black community and consider your self a victim. Keep it real stupid, for sure.

Posted by alex on May. 19, 2013 @ 7:21 pm

I guess they are O.K. by the continuing slaughter of young black males,by young black males. geniuses!

Posted by Guest Nicolas on May. 20, 2013 @ 6:47 am

I guess they are O.K. by the continuing slaughter of young black males,by young black males. geniuses!

Posted by Guest Nicolas on May. 20, 2013 @ 6:49 am

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