CHAOS, VIOLENCE and EMPTY RHETORIC
Board of Supervisors hear pleas for manifest intervention
By Pat Murphy
November 3, 2005
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will establish a standing
Select Committee on Ending Gun and Gang Violence, possibly as
early as next Wednesday.
Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier, chair of the Rules Committee,
told the Sentinel last night she is agreeable to Supervisor Sophie
Maxwell's request for a rule change permitting creation of the
Select Committee. The Rules Committee meets November 9.
Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier
Supervisor Tom Ammiano urged Maxwell to make the request following
a five-hour Board of Supervisors hearing called by Maxwell on
deadly violence and city response. Ammiano and Supervisor Ross
Mirkarimi co-sponsored the hearing.
Supervisor Sophie Maxwell
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi
Supervisor Tom Ammiano
Supervisor Chris Daly
Jim Queen, a founding member of the African American Police Relations
Board and current president of the Juvenile Probation Commission,
captured overview of many speakers.
Jim Queen: THIRTY-EIGHT YEAR VETERAN
of community-police relations advocacy.
"I started in this business thirty-eight years ago before
some of you were born. I made a vow to love and serve the people,"
"At the time, the issues we are talking about were happening
also. Kids were getting killed, people were getting murdered.
SHOT WHILE VISITING GIRLFRIEND -
Twenty-two-year-old Larry Dwayne, shot 15 times two
weeks ago, implored broad-based city and community
action to end violence.
"It's now thirty-eight years later. For the last five years
my colleagues from the African American Police Community Relations
Board decided that after an incident that happened
that after an incident occurred
instead of doing a protest,
instead of getting in front of the mic, we should try to bring
some systematic changes with the police department.
"We worked for five years. We worked under several mayors.
We worked under several chiefs.
"What I'm disturbed about is that on August 5 this mayor
agreed with the proposal that we had put forward, and would fundamentally
restructure the way policing is done in San Francisco. Meaning
for the first time when the police officers are trained in the
art and the science of community policing.
"They would show some respect for the community and therefore
gain some respect.
"The Mayor said, 'I'm going to do that - that's an excellent
"We also said as part of our proposal, after we totally
interact with the ten police stations, two police lieutenants
would be training under the guidance of Police Lieutenant Con
Johnson to fundamentally restructure, we said that the community
should do a district based plan about the resources.
"I keep hearing from Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, and many
other people, this city is in chaos. We' got Project Disconnect
and several thousand initiatives going on, and nobody's talking
to each other. The departments are not talking to each other.
"We came up with the concept of how you bring all those
things together guided by the community. It's not going to happen
unless it's guided by the community because it's the community
that's going to tell everyone how it should be done.
"And under that authority things can begin to happen, things
can begin to change. We can bring all those disconnected projects
into one system, we can begin to connect.
"Nobody's paid any attention. Somebody said nobody's going
to dictate, but as a public servant we do. As a community activist
I listen and I respect my community - I don't tell them, they
"We've been here to awhile and we've done it for a long
"My question is this: If you're serious, if you're serious
want to know tonight are you going to get behind the African American
Police Community Relations Board and tell the mayor with all due
respect that we want this implemented?
"I am very frustrated. I told you earlier, Supervisor Maxwell,
that this may be the last hearing that I intend to come to if
there's not going to be any action.
"If you're not going to do that, if you're not going to
talk the walk and walk the talk, I think it is up to us
shut the city down.
"So please get up out of these chambers and walk over to
and tell him 'no more talk.'"
For her part, Police Chief Heather Fong detailed drop in crime
statistics, and schedule for development of community policing
Police Chief Heather Fong
Community activist, Joe Blue
Claer Project's Sharen Hewitt
District 5 resident and community activist, Michael O'Conner.
Minister Christopher Mohammad, Nation of Islam