San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has dropped his plan to implement stop-and-frisk policies in the city after months of deliberation, because of fears raised of racial protests.
Lee first proposed the idea in June after discussions with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, according to the San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco has one of the highest crime rates in the state, as well as the country. However, sustained opposition from the city’s entire Board of Supervisors, community leaders, and religious groups over fears of racial protests helped kill the idea.
In New York, 80 percent of people who have been stopped by police and frisked for weapons under the program there have been black or Latino, while 90 percent were found to have committed no crime, the Chronicle reported Tuesday.
Lee’s spokeswoman Christine Falvey said the mayor backed away from stop and frisk because: “He doesn't want to implement a policy that has the potential to include racial profiling. Looking at best practices, he came up with other options that have a lot more community support.”
One new option would emphasize an increased presence in the southeast part of the city and adoption of a zero-tolerance policy for violations, the Chronicle reported.
The newspaper said the San Francisco Police Department also plans to adopt parts of Boston’s Operation Ceasefire program implemented in 1995 that reduced gang-related youth homicides and reportedly cut gun violence by 68 percent in its first year.
In addition, the department wants to recruit ministers and other community leaders to act as liaisons between informants and police.
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