"We Treat Members of the Public with Respect
and Dignity. We Maintain the Highest Levels of Integrity and Professionalism
in all Actions."
(Excerpt from SFPD
Photo by Thomas
December 11, 2005
SFPD Capt. Rick Bruce claims excerpts from the now infamous SFPD
video were spliced from a training video, but what did we really
We learned how some SFPD officers feel about women, transgender
persons, homeless persons, and underserved residents in Bayview
how little respect some officers have for
their jobs in producing a video making fun of the subjects they're
entrusted to serve.
San Francisco stands for respect towards minorities, yet the
police department video illustrates a culture lacking respect.
How did this happen? How did a publicly entrusted institution
become so cavalier that video participants failed to consider
the possibility that their video could tarnish the reputation
of an entire police department and come to symbolize a betrayal
of the public trust?
It is unfortunate that a few bad apples have the capacity to
undermine the honor and integrity of an organization, but oftentimes
the bad apples are representative of an overall decline of an
But like dark clouds, there is a silver lining for San Francisco.
No longer can the POA or the de facto SFPD command and control
structure, resistant to the will of its Chief, deny the undeniable
need for SFPD reform, nor pay lip service to our communities cry
for community policing.
That reform will include new powers for the Chief of Police in
removing impediments to community policing progress, revamped
sensitivity training, regulations restricting the use of public
resources, and guidelines spelling out what conduct is grounds
for dishonorable dismissal.
After the world has seen and watched the SFPD video, the world
is watching San Francisco once again for leadership.
Let us join forces in support of our SFPD and its reform, to
show the world that San Franciscans are back in control of their
police department and that we, the citizens of San Francisco,
are the stewards of San Francisco's destiny.