Police Commission - May 10, 2017 - Minutes

Meeting Date: 
May 10, 2017 - 5:30pm
Location: 
City Hall, Room 400
#1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94103
United States

The Police Commission of the City and County of San Francisco met in Room 400, City Hall, #1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, at 5:33 p.m.               

PRESENT:             Commissioners Turman, Mazzucco, Marshall, Melara, Hing, Hirsch

                Commissioner Turman commended and acknowledged the men and women of the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department.

CHIEF’S REPORT

-              Report on recent Police Department activities, including major events, weekly crime trends, and announcements

-              Update from the Professional Standards Bureau in regards to the Collaborative Review status and implementation of high priority recommendations (Taken off calendar)

-              Presentation of the Early Intervention System “EIS” 4th Quarter 2016 Report

                (Taken off calendar)

                Chief Scott gave an update on recent officer-involved shooting and town hall meeting held early this afternoon.  The Chief spoke of releasing the body worn camera footage and private security footage of the incident.  The name of the officer was also released.  The Chief went on to talk about recent homicide arrest.  The Chief spoke of the upcoming 3rd Annual CIT Awards tomorrow from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Scottish Rite.  The Chief then gave a brief update on crime stats.

DPA DIRECTOR’S REPORT

-              Report on recent DPA activities, and announcements

                Deputy Director Baltazar gave an update on recruitment of 8124 DPA investigator.  He announced that DHR had posted a job announced for the 8124 Investigator for DPA and that said announcement will be up for two weeks.   Deputy Director Baltazar went on to say that this week five investigators are in Dublin attending the internal affairs training hosted by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department and stated that DPA investigators are continuing to attend the advance officers training at the Police Academy.  He announced that next week DPA staff will receive additional training on credibility assessment.

COMMISSION REPORTS

-              Commission President’s Report

-              Commissioners’ Reports

                -              Commissioners’ update regarding Community Policing Task Force     

              Commissioner Turman welcomed newly appointed Commissioner Hirsch and asked him to briefly introduce himself.

              Commissioner Mazzucco spoke of attending the town hall meeting in regards to recent officer-involved shooting.             

              Commissioner Melara gave a brief update in regards to the ECW working group meeting where a draft policy was handed out. 

              Commissioner Hing gave an update in regards to the Community Policing Task Force.  Commissioner Hing asked Commander Lazar to give a brief overview of the task force.  Commander Lazar spoke of 17 findings and 60 recommendations out of the DOJ report that comes under the umbrella of Community Policing.  There are 40 project managers reporting to 12 finding managers.  Once the work is done it goes to the executive sponsor working group.

COMMISSION ANNOUNCEMENTS AND SCHEDULING OF ITEMS IDENTIFIED FOR CONSIDERATION AT FUTURE COMMISSION MEETINGS    

                Commissioner Melara would like to follow up on Safe Place.

                Commissioner Hing ask for a presentation on DGO 5.15 with respect to the Sanctuary City Ordinance and training sometime in June.                               

                Sergeant Rodriguez announced that next week’s meeting will be at the James Lick Middle School in the Mission District, starting at 6 p.m.

PUBLIC COMMENT

                Ace Washington spoke of community policing.

                Patricia Boyd spoke of community policing as a good idea and spoke of communication between the department and the community.

                Unidentified spoke of tasers and handed the commissioners a copy of “Killing Them Safely” a documentary on the dangers of tasers.  She asked that the Commissioners take time to watch this video.

                Richard Hack, retired city worker, spoke of the dangers of tasers and the misuse of tasers.

                David Salavery welcomed Commissioner Hirsch and spoke of having Commissioner DeJesus reinstated.  He spoke of being part of the community policing working group.  He spoke of attending BARTS Use of Force policy meeting and how it is modeled after the San Francisco Use of Force.

                Tom Gilberti spoke of concerns regarding tasers and spoke of how police needs to address the public without their gun belts.

PUBLIC COMMENT

                Patricia Boyd, Palace of Fine Arts, asked to meet with Chief Scott and Commissioner Mazzucco regarding an incident in the Northern and spoke of communication with the public.

                Unidentified spoke of body cameras and how his car was broken into where the suspects used his garage door opener to get into his garage and stole his bicycle.  He spoke of getting a citation for an illegal left turn.  He spoke of speaking to a supervisor in the Mission Station where he was informed about the use of body cameras.

                David Salavery spoke of attending the budget hearing and spoke of budget for reforms.

                Tom Gilberti showed a photograph of a fishing net and the idea of using a net for policing.

                Richard Hack spoke of police misconduct and less lethal alternatives.

                Barbara Growth discussed concerns.

                Unidentified spoke of the African American Review Board and commended the Commission for their selection of Chief of Police.  She went on to commend Chief Scott.

                Justin spoke of working in the same building where the shooting occurred in the Subway Restaurant and spoke of how some of the employees are feeling uncomfortable after the shooting and how the Department has stationed some officers around the building and that it has made a huge difference.

                Ms. Paulette Brown spoke of how Mother’s Day is coming and how her son was murdered on the 14th and that it will be 11 years since he died.  She spoke of recent loss of a member of her family due to homicide.  She went on to show photos of victims of homicide.  She asked for help in solving cold cases.               

PUBLIC COMMENT ON ALL MATTERS PERTAINING TO CLOSED SESSION

                None  

VOTE ON WHETHER TO HOLD CLOSED SESSION

                Motion by Commissioner Melara, second by Commissioner Marshall. Approved 6-0.                               

CLOSED SESSION (6:55 p.m. – 7:50 p.m.)

PUBLIC EMPLOYEE APPOINTMENT:  Interim Executive Director, Department of Police Accountability:

Government Code Section 54957(b)(1) and San Francisco Administrative Code Section 67.10(b) and its authority under Charter Section 4.136(b), the Commission will discuss and take possible action to appoint an Interim Executive Director, DPA, or take other action regarding selection and appointment of an Interim Executive Director. Appointment of an Interim Executive Director would be effective July 1, 2017.  The Interim Executive Director will serve at the pleasure of the Police Commission until the Mayor appoints an Executive Director pursuant to the process in Charter Section 4.136(b)

(PRESENT:  Commissioners Turman, Mazzucco, Marshall, Melara, Hing, Hirsch, Deputy City Attorney Porter, Sgt. Kilshaw, Sgt. Rodriguez, Risa Tom, Off. Jones)

VOTE TO ELECT WHETHER TO DISCLOSE ANY OR ALL DISCUSSION HELD IN CLOSED SESSION  

                Motion by Commissioner Melara,   second by Commissioner Hing for non-disclosure except that Manny Fortes is appointed as Interim DPA Director effective July 1, 2017.  Approved 6-0.

ADJOURNMENT               

                Motion by Commissioner Marshall, second by Commissioner Hing.  Approved 6-0.    

                Thereafter, the meeting was adjourned at 7:55 p.m.