SAN FRANCISCO CITY OFFICIALS
AND COMMUNITY LEADERS REACT
TO VIDEOS RELEASED YESTERDAY
From the Mayor's Office of Communications
December 8, 2005
Statement from District 10 Supervisor Sophie Maxwell:
Many of us have felt that the Police Department faces systemic
problems. I expect a full investigation and disciplinary action
of the people involved.
I also expect this incident to bring about fundamental change
within the Police Department. This is an opportunity for us to
make our police force truly reflective of the best of San Francisco.
Statement from District 4 Supervisor Fiona Ma:
We need to practice zero tolerance when it comes to
racism and intolerance, especially San Francisco where we celebrate
our diversity. These officers should be immediately suspended
and judgment handed down quickly as a consequence for their actions.
These officers are supposed to protect us and inspire confidence.
We need to get rid of the bad apples so as not to poison the entire
department, and the good men and women who put their lives on
the lines to protect us everyday.
Statement from Assessor Phil Ting:
San Francisco has always represented tolerance and diversity
throughout the world. We cannot tolerate any discriminatory behavior
within our civic institutions especially those entrusted with
our public safety. As a long time advocate for civil rights, I
believe we can never be too vigilant when it comes to protecting
the most vulnerable communities in our city. As city leaders,
we cannot allow the singling out of communities based on their
race, gender, national origin or sexual orientation.
Statement from Treasurer Jose Cisneros:
While I know this incident is not reflective of the majority
of members of the San Francisco Police Department, I fully support
the efforts of the Mayor and Police Chief to aggressively investigate
and deal appropriately with all involved. It is critical that
the city act swiftly and strongly in response to this behavior.
Statement from Rev. Pastor Arelious Walker, True Hope Church
of God in Christ:
I am extremely disappointed and outraged at the headline
videos concerning the San Francisco Police Department. I
have a certain amount of faith in the Police officers of our city,
especially the officers stationed in Bayview Hunters Point, which
is where I live. We have a problem with violence in our neighborhood
and Ive always encouraged a positive relationship with Captain
Rick Bruce and the Bayview Station, in our efforts to help reduce
violence in our community.
For a video to be on a website of one of the officers we are
paying with our tax dollars, and to see officers ridiculing, making
racial comments and slurs concerning the gay community, the African
American community and the Asian community, is totally unacceptable.
I have been working for the last 35 years to try to help reduce
violence, and this is not the type of performance that will help