Police Commission - September 6, 2017 - Minutes

Meeting Date: 
September 6, 2017 - 5:30pm
Location: 
City Hall, Room 400
#1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA
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 5:57 p.m.               

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

                       ABSENT:               Commissioner Turman

(Commissioner DeJesus was excused at 7:34 p.m.)

ADOPTION OF MINUTES

-              For the meeting of July 19, 2017

PUBLIC COMMENT

                None               

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

CONSENT CALENDAR

-              SFPD/DPA Document Protocol Quarterly Report, 2nd Quarter 2017

                Put over to another date per request of DPA Interim Director Henderson.

REPORTS TO THE COMMISSION

a.            Chief’s Request

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

                Commissioner Mazzucco read a statement by Commissioner President Turman in regards to events of August 26th.  Commissioner Mazzucco also thanked the Sheriff’s Department and all the civilians of SFPD.

“Dear SFPD members:

The scheduled August 26, 2017 rally by the group Patriot Prayer at San Francisco’s Crissy Fields with the iconic backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge galvanized the City and opposition protestors into action.  That planned event by Patriot Prayer was more than a clash of ideology and ran the risk of becoming an eruption of physical harm, violent interaction, and the voicing of views many believed would be hateful and provocative, as witnessed in Charlottesville, VA weeks earlier. The group eventually canceled the rally, opting instead for an impromptu press conference in Alamo Square Park with several counter demonstrations still taking place across the city.   Under the cloud of possible civil unrest and at the direction of Police Chief William Scott and his Command staff, the Department demonstrated their role as guardians of free expression and the public right to counter protest with controlled civil disobedience.

On behalf of the San Francisco Police Commission that stands humbly and gratefully in your debt, I thank the members of the San Francisco Police Department for your courage, your citizenship and your pride in showing the world how things are done right in San Francisco. Each and every one of you showed the City, this nation and the international community just how much you respect the laws and constitutional rights that underpin the democracy of our nation and the legal process by which our society functions. You did so while ensuring every person’s right to protest regardless of opinions and beliefs and in the spirit of San Francisco.  

Each of you is a valued part of this community and we shall forever recognize the role you play every day in making it stronger and more livable.  When all is said and done, and this event has passed into history, we can look back and say there is no Department better than the San Francisco Police Department and no City more open to all people, of all races and from all background than ours.” 

                Chief Scott reported on the events of August 26th and thanked the Sheriff’s Department and stated that the city will not tolerate violence.  The Chief then reported on crime statistics including homicides, shootings, firearm seizures and recent traffic collision involving a bicyclist.  The Chief then announced Sunday Streets at Fillmore and Baker.

b.            DPA Director’s Report

-              Report on recent DPA activities, and announcements

-              Presentation of the 1st and 2nd Quarter 2017 Statistical Reports

-              Presentation of Statistical Reports:  Summary of Cases Received, Mediation of Complaints, Adjudication of Sustained Complaints for April, May, June, & July 2017, and Companion Reports

                Director Henderson acknowledged the team effort during the August 26th events and commended the Department for a job well done and stated that there were no complaints filed for that day.  Director Henderson then spoke of his priorities for the DPA such as filling vacancies and changing some of the internal policies.  He spoke of the backlog of cases and commended his staff for putting in the long hours to handle the backlog.  He spoke of the completion of all the quarterly and monthly reports and of working on Prop G requirements. 

c.             Commission Reports

-              Commission President’s Report

-              Commissioners’ Reports

                Commissioner Marshall announced that next week he will be attending the NACOLE conference along with DPA Director Henderson and A/C Chaplin in Seattle.

                Commissioner Hing reported on meetings in regards to DGO 5.15.  Commissioner Hing also spoke of attending National Nite Out in Chinatown.

                Commissioner DeJesus spoke of attending a hiring and retention meeting and sat in on the Sanctuary City DGO along with members of the public and stakeholders.

                Commissioner Marshall commended Ms. Rania Adwan on her work with the Commission on DOJ recommendations.

d.            Commission announcements and scheduling of items identified for consideration a future Commission meetings

                Sgt. Kilshaw announced that on Sept 12th there will be meetings to discuss CEDS at the Bill Graham from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sept 19th at City College from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

                Commissioner DeJesus spoke of a resolution to have a member of the Youth Commission in a rotating basis to sit in on Commission Meetings.  Commissioner DeJesus also spoke of updating DGO 6.07.

PUBLIC COMMENT

                Patricia, Marina Neighborhood Association, thanked Chief Scott for his efficient collaboration for the Aug 26th events.  She also spoke of foot patrols.

                Erica Sanberg spoke in support of tasers and spoke of her nephew who has psychotics episodes and stated that she would feel safer with tasers in that her nephew would walk away alive.

                Ace Washington commended the Chief for a wonderful job in protecting the city and also commended Director Henderson.

                Ms. Paulette Brown spoke of her son’s anniversary on August 14th and showed the bulletin of her son’s case.  She showed the names of the perpetrators:  Thomson Hannibal, Paris Moffet, Andew Videau, Jason Thomas, Anthony Hunter.  She asked for help to keep the bulletins up.

                Michael Petrellis spoke of filing a complaint against the Commission in regards to his public records request and calendaring it for September 20th.

PRESENTATION OF THE SFPD/DPA REPORT ON GENERAL ORDERS/POLICY PROPOSALS “SPARKS REPORT,” 2ND QUARTER 2017  

                Deputy Chief Connolly introduced A/Captain Steve Ford to present the Sparks Report.

                Ms. Samara Marion, DPA, presented the second half of the Sparks Report.

PUBLIC COMMENT

                Pat spoke of the 911 and 0123 dispatchers and spoke of training in asking the right questions for better relations with the public.

PUBLIC COMMENT

                Pat spoke of umbrella organizations and spoke of how they cannot do it by themselves and spoke of community policing and thanked the people that helps her.

                Ms. Paulette Brown thanked everyone for coming out for her son’s anniversary on August 14th.  She showed photos of everyone at the event.   She asked for help to keep posters up.               

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 (7:25 p.m. - 7:51 p.m.)

PERSONNEL EXCEPTION:  Pursuant Government Code Section 54957(b)(1) and San Francisco Administrative Code Section 67.10(b) and Penal Code Section 832.7:  Assignment of non-disciplinary charges filed in Case No. ALW IAD 2017-0190 to an individual Commissioner for the taking of evidence on a date to be determined by the Commissioner

(PRESENT:  Commissioners Mazzucco, Marshall, Melara, Hing, Hirsch, Chief Scott, Assistant Chief Sainez, Deputy City Attorney Lee, Sgt. Kilshaw, Risa Tom, Attorney Worsham, Attorney Shea)

PERSONNEL EXCEPTION:  Pursuant Government Code Section 54957(b)(1) and San Francisco Administrative Code Section 67.10(b) and Penal Code Section 832.7:  Assignment of non-disciplinary charges filed in Case No. ALW IAD 2017-0191 to an individual Commissioner for the taking of evidence on a date to be determined by the Commissioner

(PRESENT:  Commissioners Mazzucco, Marshall, Melara, Hing, Hirsch, Chief Scott, Assistant Chief Sainez, Deputy City Attorney Lee, Sgt. Kilshaw, Risa Tom, Attorney Worsham, Attorney Shea)

PERSONNEL EXCEPTION:  Pursuant Government Code Section 54957(b)(1) and San Francisco Administrative Code Section 67.10(b) and Penal Code Section 832.7:  Assignment of disciplinary charges filed in Case No. IAD 2016-0228 to an individual Commissioner for the taking of evidence on a date to be determined by the Commissioner

(PRESENT:  Commissioners Mazzucco, Marshall, Melara, Hing, Hirsch, Chief Scott, Assistant Chief Sainez, Deputy City Attorney Lee, Sgt. Kilshaw, Risa Tom, Attorney Worsham for Attorney Betz, Attorney Hinckley, and member involved)

PERSONNEL EXCEPTION:  Pursuant Government Code Section 54957(b)(1) and San Francisco Administrative Code Section 67.10(b) and Penal Code Section 832.7:  Assignment of disciplinary charges filed in Case No. IAD 2016-0228A to an individual Commissioner for the taking of evidence on a date to be determined by the Commissioner

(PRESENT:  Commissioners Mazzucco, Marshall, DeJesus, Melara, Hing, Hirsch, Chief Scott, Assistant Chief Sainez, Deputy City Attorney Lee, Sgt. Kilshaw, Risa Tom, Attorney Worsham for Attorney Betz, Attorney Burrell, and member involved)

PERSONNEL EXCEPTION:  Pursuant Government Code Section 54957(b)(1) and San Francisco Administrative Code Section 67.10(b) and Penal Code Section 832.7:  Status and calendaring of pending disciplinary cases

(PRESENT:  Commissioners Turman, Marshall, DeJesus, Melara, Hing, Hirsch, Chief Scott, Assistant Chief Sainez, Deputy City Attorney Cabrera, Sgt. Kilshaw, Sgt. Rodriguez, Risa Tom, Rania Adwan)

OPEN SESSION (7:51 p.m.)

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

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

ADJOURNMENT               

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

                Thereafter, the meeting was adjourned at 7:51 p.m.