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News, The Snitch New SFPD Chief Toney Chaplin Promises "Reform, Reform, Reform"

New SFPD Chief Toney Chaplin Promises "Reform, Reform, Reform"

The four golden stars pinned to acting San Francisco police Chief Toney Chaplin's collar sometime in the past 24 hours — when Mayor Ed Lee named him to succeed Greg Suhr, ousted after yesterday's fatal police shooting — shined in…
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News, The Snitch Should S.F. Elect its Police Chief?

Should S.F. Elect its Police Chief?

When he fired police Chief Greg Suhr on Thursday and appointed an interim replacement a few hours after police shot and killed an unarmed black woman suspected of stealing a car, Mayor Ed Lee was bending to the will of…
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News, The Snitch Supervisor Jane Kim: Police Chief Greg Suhr Has Got To Go

Supervisor Jane Kim: Police Chief Greg Suhr Has Got To Go

After the "Frisco 5" protesters starved themselves for 17 days in an attempt to get Mayor Ed Lee to replace police Chief Greg Suhr — by whose side the mayor continues to stand, even as like-minded supporters camp inside…
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News, The Snitch The SFPD is Pretty Well Fucked

The SFPD is Pretty Well Fucked

The day of reckoning is upon San Francisco’s finest. Or, in other words, the Police Department is fucked. Cops who engage in racial profiling, old-school "stop and frisk tactics," poor discipline of problem officers, little to no accountability across…
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News, The Snitch Frisco 5 End Hunger Strike; Supporters Turn City Hall into a Fortress Again

Frisco 5 End Hunger Strike; Supporters Turn City Hall into a Fortress Again

After making worldwide news, the "Frisco 5" hunger strike ended on Saturday after 17 days without solid food for five people, who had hoped to force Mayor Ed Lee into meeting demands — including the removal of police Chief…
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News, The Snitch Frisco 5 Hospitalized; Hunger Strike Continuing at Hospital

Frisco 5 Hospitalized; Hunger Strike Continuing at Hospital

San Francisco's hunger strikers decamped on Friday afternoon from Mission police station — where they have been for sixteen days without food, refusing to eat until San Francisco police undergoes a major shakeup — to an area hospital, where they…
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News, The Snitch "Frisco 5" March to City Hall to Meet with Mayor Ed Lee (Who is Unavailable)

"Frisco 5" March to City Hall to Meet with Mayor Ed Lee (Who is Unavailable)

Yesterday, Mayor Ed Lee popped into the Mission police station, where five activists have been staging a hunger strike for the past 12 days. The strikers — led by rapper and preschool teacher Equipto, who has been hounding the mayor…
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News, The Snitch How Will the SFPD Train Away Its Racist Officers?

How Will the SFPD Train Away Its Racist Officers?

San Francisco’s police chief is in full damage-control mode, as Greg Suhr's department attempts to reshape its image following yet another scandal involving bigoted and racist text messages between officers.  Much of Suhr’s Friday news conference and the ensuing…
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News, The Snitch Content of Latest Racist SFPD Texts Revealed; Pattern is Not Good

Content of Latest Racist SFPD Texts Revealed; Pattern is Not Good

The second batch of racist texts exchanged between San Francisco police officers are now public. The second batch — that we know of.  One of the more troubling revelations to stem from this latest SFPD racist texting scandal — this…
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News, The Snitch Federal Review of SFPD Won't Be the Sweeping Civil Rights Probe Activists Hoped For

Federal Review of SFPD Won't Be the Sweeping Civil Rights Probe Activists Hoped For

When word got out yesterday that the Department of Justice would review the San Francisco Police Department, activists hoped that meant a sweeping investigation of the SFPD’s pattern of racial bias and civil rights violations, similar to federal probes…
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News, The Snitch Department of Justice to Investigate San Francisco Police Department

Department of Justice to Investigate San Francisco Police Department

Last week, District Attorney George Gascón sent a scathing letter to Mayor Ed Lee, accusing the latter of not being committed to police reform, and also calling out police Chief Greg Suhr for not cooperating with Gascón’s blue ribbon…
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News, The Snitch ACLU Calls for Federal Investigation Into SFPD's Pattern of Civil Rights Violations

ACLU Calls for Federal Investigation Into SFPD's Pattern of Civil Rights Violations

Barely 24 hours after District Attorney George Gascón’s scathing letter to Mayor Lee, in which he questioned the latter’s commitment to reforming police department bias, the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California has called on the Department of…
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News, The Snitch D.A. Blasts Mayor Lee and Police Chief Suhr For Not Cooperating With Misconduct Investigation

D.A. Blasts Mayor Lee and Police Chief Suhr For Not Cooperating With Misconduct Investigation

You’re not serious about addressing police misconduct or reforming police department culture. That’s the gist of a Jan. 28 letter that District Attorney George Gascón sent to Mayor Ed Lee.  As the Examiner reports, Gascón wants to know why,…
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News, The Snitch Revising SFPD Use of Force Policy Harder and Weirder Than it Sounds

Revising SFPD Use of Force Policy Harder and Weirder Than it Sounds

Last night’s community meeting about the San Francisco Police Department’s use of force policy, held at the Bayview YMCA, featured no arrests, no demonstrations, no “Fire Chief Suhr” chants, and not even any raised voices. Whether there were any great…
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News, The Snitch San Francisco Dangerously Behind the Times on Police Oversight

San Francisco Dangerously Behind the Times on Police Oversight

After many dramatic public vows to reform the San Francisco Police Department’s culture and use of force policies following the Mario Woods shooting, this morning’s City Hall hearing was the first step toward deciding what exactly will be done.  The…
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News, The Snitch A Show of Support for the Officers Involved in the Mario Woods Shooting Didn't Go Well

A Show of Support for the Officers Involved in the Mario Woods Shooting Didn't Go Well

Last night’s Police Commission meeting didn’t go well for the dozens of off-duty officers who turned out in support of their five colleagues involved in the Dec. 2 shooting death of Mario Woods. Per the Chronicle, the officers were drowned…
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News, The Snitch Supervisor London Breed Calls for a Federal Investigation into the SFPD's Shooting Death of Mario Woods

Supervisor London Breed Calls for a Federal Investigation into the SFPD's Shooting Death of Mario Woods

With tears in her eyes, Board of Supervisors President London Breed today introduced a resolution calling for a federal investigation into the death of Mario Woods. “San Francisco needs to follow Chicago’s example,” Breed said, referring to that city's investigation…
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News, The Snitch Protesters Disrupt Mayor Ed Lee's Inauguration

Protesters Disrupt Mayor Ed Lee's Inauguration

Mayor Ed Lee’s inauguration speech this morning was probably pretty good. But I can only guess, since it was hard to hear a word of it over chants of “Black lives matter” and “Fire Chief Suhr” coming from City…
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News, The Snitch Mayor Lee Turns Dolores Park Tour Into Impromptu Press Conference Defending Police Chief Suhr

Mayor Lee Turns Dolores Park Tour Into Impromptu Press Conference Defending Police Chief Suhr

Mayor Ed Lee swore today that virtually everything about policing in San Francisco will change, except one big thing: Police Chief Greg Suhr stays. “We’re just not there,” Lee said, in response to a reporter’s question about protesters’ demands…
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News, The Snitch SFPD Chief Suhr: I Won't Quit, No Plans To Retire

SFPD Chief Suhr: I Won't Quit, No Plans To Retire

At tonight's Police Commission meeting, police Chief Greg Suhr is expected to face a loud and angry crowd. This is the same crowd that's been hounding him for a month, ever since five of Suhr's officers fatally shot 26-year old…
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