Supes consider violence independent of Newsom efforts Monday
Minister claims Newsom gave okay
to rejected police plan
By Pat Murphy
and Luke Thomas
Copyright fogcityjournal.com 2005
December 9, 2005, 9:30 a.m.
A newly created committee of the Board of Supervisors convenes
for the first time Monday considering possible solutions to street
Supervisor Sophie Maxwell asked establishment of the new committee
as a means to consider the issue independently of the Newsom administration.
The 10:00 a.m. hearing by the Select Committee on Ending Gun
and Gang violence comes on the heels of a police department rocked
by racially tinged scandal, and splintering efforts to reshape
the department toward community policing.
This morning Mayor Gavin Newsom will be asked to clarify his
position on proposed community policing guidelines, Minister Christopher
Muhammad said last night in a Bayview townhall meeting.
Muhammad chairs the African American Community Police Relations
Board (AACPRB) which drafted guidelines rejected by Police Chief
Heather Fong on December 6.
Minister Chrisopher Muhammad seated following
his address to attendees at the Bayview townhall meeting.
Neither the mayor nor the police chief had agreed to the guidelines
(see full guidelines below), mayoral press secretary Peter Ragone
reported December 6.
Muhammad insists Newsom gave his approval to AACPRB guidelines
more than once, and as recently as early this week.
That meeting took place in the mayor's office after Newsom returned
from China, Muhammad told the Sentinel Thursday.
"The Mayor said to me and others personally that he supports
this plan," Muhammad told close to 300 gathered for the townhall
meeting last night.
"But I see in the Examiner today that his spokesman says
the mayor rejected the whole document."
One of the guidelines would take appointment authority away from
District police captains, and give appointment power of community
policing lieutenants to Con Johnson, as San Francisco police lieutenant
serving as director of Community Connect.
Muhammad called for use of a scheduled 11:00 a.m. City Hall Rotunda
by the San Francisco Interfaith Council as vehicle for asking
clarification from mayor's office.
"We have respect for the African American community board,
and we'll have our conversations with them on this topic privately,"
Ragone told the Sentinel last night.
While speaking, Muhammad took the microphone to both Supervisor
Sophie Maxwell and to Reverend Amos Brown asking if they support
Supervisor Sophie Maxwell in beret listens intently.
"I haven't heard anything that makes me change my support,"
responded Maxwell. Brown agreed those guidelines should be adopted
in their entirety.
Reverend Amos Brown, center, discussing whether
Bay View Newspaper publisher Willie Ratcliff
would be allowed to speak.
Another faith community leader threw support to Newsom and Fong.
"We decided that believe that the honorable mayor of this
city, Mayor Newsom, is seriously concerned with this issue,"
Reverend Arelious Walker said.
"He went into this neighborhood many times. He went into
our homes as a private citizen. He put himself in danger, I believe,
in real concern about the problems of this community," stated
The townhall on backdrop of some 20 police officers being suspended
for participating in a video production termed "sexist, racist,
and homophobic" by Newsom and Fong Wednesday.
"Secondly, I believe that Police Chief Heather
Fong is seriously concerned about this issue," Walker continued.
"That video was an attack on the entire city
we saw that Chief Fong suspended those officers.
"We support Mayor Newsom and Chief Heather
Fong," stressed Walker.
Duties and Responsibilities of the Community Policing and
Recruitment Services Unit.
Director Con Johnson will be in charge of the Community Policing
& Recruitment Services Unit, which will move ahead with the
department's new strategy to building trust and communication
with the community. His primary role will be to help establish
and implement ten district based community-policing plans that
meet the approval of the diverse communities throughout San Francisco.
The duties and responsibilities shall include, but not be
limited to the following:
- Director Con Johnson shall be in charge of selecting, training,
certifying and coordinating the 20 designated community-policing
lieutenants at the district stations and providing leadership
to them by assisting them in obtaining resources, arranging meetings,
etc. Director Con Johnson shall be responsible for overseeing
the department community policing plans by ensuring that the certified
community policing lieutenants are accountable for executing all
community-policing policies, procedures, programs and training.
- Director Con Johnson shall report directly to the Chief of
- Director Con Johnson shall have offices both at the Hall of
Justice and City Hall, Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice.
- Director Con Johnson shall ensure that every community policing
lieutenants undergo a comprehensive cultural competency and community
policing certification process.
- Under the guidance and direction of Director Con Johnson, the
20 certified community-policing lieutenants are liaisons to the
community and have responsibility for implementing the community
policing policies, procedures, programs and training. Director
Con Johnson shall ensure that these lieutenants oversee the training
curriculum for all police officers assigned to their command at
their respective districts. They serve as the direct connection
between the community and the district stations and are culturally
trained and sensitive to each individual neighborhood.
- Director Con Johnson shall be responsible for developing, updating
and reviewing community policing training procedures for new recruits
and all existing police officers through ongoing in-service training
and roll call training. This will serve as a tool to inform police
officers throughout the city of new community policing policies
- Director Con Johnson shall be responsible for reviewing existing
departmental documentation (e.g., community policing manuals,
bulletins, worksheets, resource cards, etc.) to determine what
changes, updating and the like are needed to make them more current,
relevant and helpful.
- Director Con Johnson shall work with various entities, both
inside and outside the department, to increase the participation
of all communities and non-profit agencies tasked to engage the
- Director Con Johnson shall convene and facilitate weekly meetings
with all 20 lieutenants. These meetings shall also include a member
of the San Francisco Police Department Command Staff (Field Operation
Bureau) and the Mayor's Deputy Chief of Staff Alex Tourk. These
meetings, which will rotate among the various district station
community rooms, are intended to serve as a forum to discuss best
practices, give district updates, share information and keep everyone
engaged and create accountability.
- Director Con Johnson shall work closely with the various community-based
organizations to ensure they are meeting specified criteria for
community policing and crime prevention and verify that they are
assisting in each district based strategy.
- Director Con Johnson shall work closely with public, private
and non-profit organizations in order to develop and implement
district based planning and strategies.
- Director Con Johnson shall attend weekly meetings with the
African American Community Police Relations Board to provide updates
and create accountability.
- Director Con Johnson shall meet with the Chief of Police and
the Mayor's Deputy Chief of Staff on a regularly scheduled, bi-weekly
basis, in order to update them on progress being made on community
policing initiatives, to seek their input, and to report any concerns
- Director Con Johnson shall participate in all ten planning
sessions involving the SFPD, the community and City agencies.
The goal of these planning sessions is to reach consensus and
a "signing off" on comprehensive plan will begin with
a framework of five issues.
These issues are:
- Beat patrol schedule and strategy.
- Public health response in aftermath of violent crime.
- Neighborhood needs assessment.
- Communication protocol.
- Updated training documents