Joint Statement from Mayor Newsom and Police Chief Fong
From the Mayor's Office of Communications
December 7, 2005
In the past several hours it has come to our attention that members
of the San Francisco Police Department have engaged in gross misconduct
while on duty. Specifically, members of the San Francisco Police
Department created, participated and performed in a series of
videos that have numerous instances of inappropriate and outrageous
content. The content ranges from immature and vulgar to sexist,
racist and homophobic.
Accordingly, the following actions have been taken:
· An immediate investigation has been undertaken by the
San Francisco Police Department. In addition, the Mayor has directed
the citys Human Rights Commission and the Commission on
the Status of Women to begin an investigation as well. Any findings
will be directed to the appropriate entity for action.
· The information has been shared with the President of
the San Francisco Police Commission for appropriate action.
· Due to the obvious and egregious conduct and misuse
of department resources, approximately 20 officers will be suspended,
mostly officers currently or formerly stationed at the Bayview
Station. In addition, any necessary termination proceedings will
be enacted pending the results of the investigations. These disciplinary
actions are within the purview of the Chief of the San Francisco
Police Department and the San Francisco Police Commission.
· The Police Chief will immediately begin mandatory briefings
regarding appropriate workplace behavior within the department.
These briefings will begin tomorrow.
· Finally, Mayor Gavin Newsom has issued an executive
order creating an independent Blue Ribbon Commission. The Commission
will be tasked with conducting a comprehensive and thorough review
of the San Francisco Police Departments personnel polices,
standards of conduct and training, as well as appropriate representations
of the communities they serve.
In all cases, due process will be respected. Every officer is
entitled to a swift and fair hearing. However, we cannot be clearer:
this administration and this department have zero tolerance for
this type of behavior.