On Monday morning, a somber and slightly ashen-faced Mayor Ed Lee appeared at a press conference — an act rarer and rarer for the mayor
the nearly three months since the fatal police shooting of Mario Woods
on Dec. 2. Flanked at his City Hall office by police Chief Greg Suhr, Police Commission president Suzy Loftus, and the faith
and community leaders on the police department's African-American advisory board, Lee announced "comprehensive" reforms to the city's police department.
There will be changes in the ways cops do their jobs, changes in when they can use a firearm and how, and a renewed push to give cops Tasers — and there will also be more cops — but the goal behind all the new polices, new offices, and other tweaks is trust, officials said: trust that police will do their jobs, do them without racial bias, and do them without putting the public, whose help is needed to solve crimes, at risk. "Everyone," Loftus said, "deserves the trust of police."
That all sounds nice, and it earned some praise from past critics of the mayor and the chief (who appear to have been shaken into action by Woods's death). But this won't be easy. The size of the challenge was made clear less than 24 hours earlier, when a man — young and black, of course — was shot and killed Sunday afternoon on a busy street in the Fillmore District, just across the street from a police station.