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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

It's Over Between Sup. London Breed and the Police Officers Association

Posted By on Wed, May 18, 2016 at 3:57 PM

click to enlarge Left, Gary Delagnes of the POA; right, Board of Supervisors President London Breed. - SF WEEKLY PHOTO ILLUSTRATION
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  • Left, Gary Delagnes of the POA; right, Board of Supervisors President London Breed.
The rocky relationship between Board of Supervisors President London Breed and the Police Officers Association, the city's reactionary-but-influential cops' union, appears to be over.

Following months of acrimony between the union and Breed over her support for things like creating a day of remembrance for Mario Woods, the knife-wielding black man shot and killed by police in the Bayview on Dec. 2, the POA rescinded its endorsement of Breed in her upcoming reelection.

And that's fine — Breed doesn't need them, anyway.  In turn, Breed has returned the POA's political contribution. So who will the cops support in District 5, which includes the Western Addition, Hayes Valley, and the Haight?

The POA gave $500 maximum contribution to Breed’s reelection campaign in December. But by early February, former POA president and current consultant Gary Delagnes was telling the Chronicle that the union was “taking a second look” at its support for Breed.

In addition to the support for Woods' day of remembrance, Breed's backing of a limited Department of Justice review into the police depa

While POA president Martin Halloran did not immediately respond to request for comment this afternoon, it appears the union rescinded its endorsement sometime prior to April 6 when records show Breed’s campaign returned the $500 contribution.

“The Police Officers Association rescinded their endorsement, so I felt it appropriate to return their contribution,” Breed said in a statement provided by campaign consultant Maggie Muir.

The politics are interesting given that Breed, a moderate, is facing a challenge from the left in her reelection bid. A win for her opponent, tenant organizer Dean Preston, would embolden the progressive wing of the board which is generally more hostile toward the interests of the police union.

Four progressive members of the board — but not Breed — called on police chief Greg Suhr to resign last week.

But pragmatism may have taken a backseat to principle for the POA. Following the vote on a memorial day for Woods, Halloran wrote in the union’s journal that “We will remember the actions of all 11 members of the Board of Supervisors in their disgraceful and backhanded vote.”

Breed told the Chronicle in February that she was “fine” with whatever endorsement choice the POA made but complained of “a disconnect” between the union and African Americans in the city, especially those living in low-income areas like the Western Addition where she grew up.
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