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Budget Proposal Holds San Francisco PD Funding Hostage Until Reforms Happen

June 17, 2016  | 

'Reform or don't get paid' is the message Supervisor John Avalos is sending to the San Francisco Police Department as part of the Board of Supervisors' review of Mayor Ed Lee's $9.6 billion budget proposal, which began Thursday, reports the San Francisco Examiner.

On Friday, Avalos will ask the five-member board Budget and Finance Committee to support placing on reserve $200 million of the San Francisco Police Department's salary budget. Avalos said that would leave the department with enough funding to operate for the first six months of the fiscal year before having to return to the Board of Supervisors to ask for additional money.

The remaining money would only be released if the department makes specific reforms, like adopting a use-of-force policy that requires de-escalation techniques and "use of the 'minimal force necessary' as opposed to 'reasonable' force."

There would also need to be quarterly reports on arrests and use of force, including demographic data and incidents resulting in death or injury.

Avalos said he had a phone conversation with acting police Chief Toney Chaplin, who told him "don't do it" in regards to holding police funding hostage. Avalos said he intends to have an in-person meeting with Chaplin prior to Friday's committee hearing.

Supervisor Malia Cohen, however, raised concerns about impacts to "immediate staffing levels and incoming Police Academies."

Comments (5)

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Capt. Crunch @ 6/18/2016 10:31 AM

Sounds like Mr. Avalos, should be arrested for holding back the money from the PD for his own personal gratification.

kevcopAz @ 6/18/2016 3:21 PM

What a grand standing ass this politician is! There may be issues with the department or there may not, I do not know. This is not the way to fix things. Perhaps the cops should take up his challenge and see if this commissioner means what he says. Stay the course, then when the b6 mos are up and the pay runs out then the cops can stay home since they will not be getting paid. Then see how this Avalos idiot likes the way the city will be. I have a question combined with a comment , Im not a city administrator but 9.6 BILLION dollar budget for a city thats a mere 50 sq. miles (about) and far less then a million people??? I think even with the high cost of living in CA this must be a very over funded bloated budget, don't you think?

Capt. Crunch @ 6/18/2016 3:45 PM

@ kevcopAZ, I agree with you but guess again San Francisco is only 7 square miles. This makes your argument even stronger.

Chuck W @ 6/20/2016 5:39 PM

And again we have to listen to some uneducated moron (sorry I meant politician) that thinks his/her opinion - personal agenda means more and is more important than the Supreme Court rulings (Graham v. Connor) with his ignorant "minimal force necessary" as opposed to "reasonable Force." here is a news flash moron (oops I mean politician), we already use the minimum amount of force necessary to effect the arrest, it is the bad guys escalating the amount of force we use, not us. How about the moron (dang, I mean politician) holding back some of that welfare money and the money from all those wonderful social programs until the criminal element starts using the minimal amount (that would be none) of resistance when committing a crime or being arrested then we can talk. Morons.

LEO (RET) @ 6/21/2016 9:36 AM

Everyone has a right to be stupid. Politicians just abuse the privilege.

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