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trying to understand social media, interest and people's modus operandi and connect cases that are not initially connected but it -- any questions? it doesn't seem to align with what the captain presented captain presented around residential burglaries by district, because i noticed for the terror about district for example, and what that captain presented was shown in a district that had among the highest numbers of incidence of
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residential burglaries, yet on your hotspot map, you did not appear to be the same, so i just wonder what that is. >> part of what will happen is the district as a whole may have a high number. they're not concentrated on one block or one neighborhood within the district. they are spread across that community, versus in the tenderloin, a much denser population or in mission where you have -- what this does, what this represents as a clustering of incidents so we map each incident and so you will see a concentration and in more dense areas then you went in a less dense area, so i think that would account for why you are not seeing as much red highlights there. it is not necessarily raw numbers of incidents. >> thank you. that is helpful. one of the question around package staffed, have there been any prosecution of package theft crimes in san francisco. >> we do prosecute those, it is
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just difficult for us to bring out to you in the way we can for residential burglary because there is an identifiable penal code section. we had a lengthy trial on that. he was convicted of male theft for that. we absolutely do prosecute those >> would you have any rough estimates of how many package theft prosecutions you have handled, and what are some historical trends around to that >> no, i really don't. i could ask and we could give
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you very anecdotal information if i asked our general felonies team, they could estimate for me what percentage of the cases are that, but since we can't run it in any of the computer systems, i would be nervous about how accurate it was. >> i think it be interesting to get some historic work going back five or ten years on larceny and however you categorize staffed and prosecutions, that was the thing we saw yesterday in budget as having pretty dramatically increased over the past seven years, and even if you can't, would be able -- be great to be able to tease out particular types of theft, and see what is happening with larceny prosecutions including package thefts, iphone, car break-in, all that kind of staff and to the extent they could break that down by type. it would be more useful, but it would be interesting to see what is happening, even just in the aggregate. >> we can give you the aggregate , that is very easy for us to do. we can rent those penal code
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sections, you just need to know that that includes so many things other than what we are trying to talk about, but it would give us a place to start a conversation. >> i assume that there would be an increase in prosecutions paralleling the increase -- that is what you expect to see. >> for us, it would depend on whether there is an increased in arrest. our work is driven by the work of the police department. and they have done a great job of zeroing in on these areas. as they bring more cases to us, then out -- generally our caseloads go up. independent of that, we can have a particular focus as we are in the community and hearing from people, hey, we are concerned about crime ask, why, see, we'll take it upon ourselves to look more closely at this cases so that can invoice -- result in an increase in our filing rate, but where we will see the biggest volume improvements is if there are more arrests that are brought to us per prosecution, that is where you will see big number changes. >> great. thank you so much.
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>> pleasure. >> next i want to invite miss kyla out where the 2%, she is an executive directive san francisco safety awareness for everyone to speak about the important work that you are doing to educate and engage residents to keep their homes safe and secure. >> thank you. what happened? it is frozen. >> i don't know, it needs needs to go out.
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>> it's okay. >> it is probably on the desktop because i was here yesterday. right there. all right.
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all right. thank you. okay. good morning, supervisors. my name is kyra worthy. and executive director of san francisco safe. i'm the community engagement arm and nonprofit partner for san francisco police department and i was asked to come today to talk about our neighborhood watch program, our residential security surveys and our surveys that we do on a multiunit buildings over entire avail, but i was here yesterday, there will be a similar presentation. if you have anything specific you want to hear more on, please let me know, and i can include it. okay? so for the audience and for mr. marr who was not here yesterday, the safe has been
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around for 1976. we have a long-standing partnership with the san francisco police department. it has been around longer than i have been alive. i have had one employee who has been there for 37 years, mr. wyatt, and he is the one that comes out and has done all the surveys, along with other staff. we are an o.b.e. with the city and we speak all languages, we are all proficient in multiple languages. that means we read, write and speak the language. so everyone knows what the neighborhood watch is, but i sort of add a little bit more of a twist to it when i came over here. i wanted to include more processes and departments from the mayor touch office that we have d.p.w. come out, we have the mayor touch office of neighborhood services, we had legislative aides come out, and we also have a neighborhood prosecutor that comes out to the community and meets with the captains. we support each of the ten stations. i have a staff person who supports each of them and it is
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the bridge between the community and the police department at these meetings and different functions throughout the city. so the captain really relies on my staff and it is an honour to be able to support them in that way. so we also -- once you are done with your process for the neighborhood watch, you get a neighborhood watch sign, a couple of signs of coming to the entry and exit of your neighborhood, and with the help of d.p.w., they go ahead and place those out for us. to establish the neighborhood watch, there are ten meetings that are required to do that, and in the packet, i have listed out all the steps that are taken some groups combine them to get through the process quicker. it depends how large the neighborhood watch is or how large your block is. each block that is in that neighborhood, they each have a block captain and cocaptain. those folks meet with my staff
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on a neighborhood basis, and i meet with all the captains and cocaptains throughout the city on a quarterly basis and our next meeting is in june. most -- our most popular service is a residential security survey unfortunately when things happen , negative -- negative things happen in the community, the police officer that is assigned, the first on the call, does recommend a residential security survey and that individual contacts our office. it takes about two weeks to complete from start to finish. at the end of the survey, you receive a free written report. it is about 35 to 40 pages, helping the residents understand where they are vulnerable -- venerable access to their homes and around their homes. it helps keep people safe. and then we can also come out and do a presentation to groups that live in apartment buildings , senior housing, we do a lot of presentations for
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public housing, mercy housing, john stewart, all of the developers that have the same interest -- access to a building where multiple people live. the most common people -- the most common thing we have is to do with folks who were building new buildings around the city. we ensure they have all the safety access that is controlled and if they have surveillance or the private security, we ensure, we assess the developer or the builder that they are all in the right location. we ensure that the folks no where their area is versus the private, where they are, and the lighting. we ensure that all areas are lit , there were no dark spots or high spots where folks can't hide, and it really works out. this is a little bit more about the organization. i have staff and we come out to however their process is.
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there is a request for service form on our website. that is how we track and go out and schedule. we receive about 25 to 30 requests a day so we are pretty busy where we are. so that concludes my presentation. if there is any questions? >> thank you, so much. colleagues, any questions? >> thank you so much. i guess more of the statements, i know the work you have been doing to help residents be vigilant, provide assessments to protect businesses and families, and i guess i just want to say, i am hoping, at some point, we can add community ambassadors to the plethora of opportunities that safe offers because i think , and i have heard that ambassadors off the corridors and within communities will also help deter some of the crime, i
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don't have a question, per se, unless you want to comment on that but i do think that more ambassadors, more folks from community within community that can be visible and seen as an enhancement to a lot of the other things safe offers will actually help keep communities safe as well. >> in working with the captains and deploying -- designing the beat where there are ambassadors , we do -- i do supplement ambassadors with the foot beat and with, for all the business corridors, so it is helpful to have the ambassadors there on a time where, you know, the officers have to get calls out for service and at least the residents or the business is on the corridor know there will always be somebody, next to them , we will be -- miss -- in may stefani's district, we will have a foot beat meeting greet where we will have the community ambassadors walking the corridor , so we are really happy to be able to join forces on
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that. >> thank you. any other questions? miss where the, i had a few questions around the neighborhood watch program. i think that is a very effective and an important strategy to prevent crime. where i live, we had a neighborhood watch group, i think it was about 12 years ago, and so that was an important step, it is a 2-3 block neighborhood watch group, and since we created the group, it is mostly functioning as a communication mechanism among neighbors on our block, and mostly to talk about lost pets and things like that, but we have heard a lot -- had a lot of new neighbors move into the block over the past few years,
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and as i stated earlier, it was not just one, but two home invasion or home burglaries on our neighborhood watch block within the last year, so we are in the process, and i'm helping to reorganize or reactivate our neighborhood watch group. i was wondering what kind of follow-up -- and s.f. safe provided really great support when we are for is creating the neighborhood watch group, but i was wondering what kind of follow-up do you do with the neighborhood watch group and ripped guys today functioning? >> with the block captains in the captains we invite them to the meeting. for the incidence you spoke about, we did go out and work with those residents and we worked with the invasions, so we worked with the captain and with benny and wesley goes out personally, so it is all how active your block captain and your captain are at it is also important when you do have new neighbors that you come out and
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do a refresher because they might not know, it is not starting all over again, but it is definitely giving them the information. they might want to become the captain or they might have more time to become to become more available. that is something we do follow-up. when something happens on the block. we follow up with the block captain and the captain. >> thank you. one additional related question, for the neighborhood watch program, or strategy, do you have proactive approaches to identifying and proactively reaching out to residents, you know, say, who have been recent victims of home burglaries or home robberies, or looking at the data from the police department on where are the hotspots, you know, for these types of crimes. >> yes, and we do work with a captain on that. i'm the person who receives that information from the police
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department, and then whomever my staff person is that is assigned to particular district, i follow up with that person and then work with the captain on ensuring that the communities aware of our services and what we have to offer and how we can assist. >> thank you so much. >> thank you. >> colleagues, maybe we can move to public comments. i know there is a number of community members that have come out to share their experiences and perspectives at this of portent hearing. so we will move to public comment. speakers will have up to two minutes and those who require interpretation will have four minutes and i have some speaker cards that were turned and so i will call them first. if you heard your name called, please get in line on the right side of the room and stepped
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back to the microphone to speak. >> hi, my name is frank with stop crime s.f. stop crime s.f. has more than 500 members and nine neighborhood and community affiliates. we work together to reduce and prevent crime in our neighborhoods. i applaud you, supervisor mar and supervisors, for calling this hearing. initially our focus was solely on home burglaries and car break-ins, but we have expanded, and this is a key area. we found some correlations to start with. first, they would burglarize the rental because of tourists, then they would start on our cars, then they would move to our homes. i don't have any data on that. there's another area have the date on anecdotally.
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we do hear that there are a lot of targeting of the asian-american, and we hear that many of our members, many of whom are asian-american. one way you might be able to get that data is through the justice system. i know we spoke with supervisor walton about the justice system, which comes from the department -- under the department of technology and it could produce that data. we like the idea that supervisor mar has mentioned of encouraging home data cameras, home security cameras. it would be best if they were permissions in advance so the police could get access, but we are concerned that this might actually get worse if you don't exempt and allowed the police to use video from homes. we also liked the simile men
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below's bill and perhaps a board of supervisors could support that to make a package for a possible felony. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> good morning, supervisors. >> no, that is yours, part of the speech that you will speak. >> can you pass it to the clerk, please. >> okay. >> thank you. next speaker. >> good morning, supervisors. my name is allison. >> pull the microphone, speak into the microphone. >> okay. i am reading a summary of amy's letter. she is overseas visiting her parents and her mom is an alzheimer's patient, that she wants all like -- all up -- all
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lawmakers to hear her voice and understand her anger. last year, february 8th, her house was burglarized in broad daylight at 1:00 p.m. she lives in a safe neighborhood , she installed security gates, several locks and having security alarm system , but she cannot stop criminals from breaking into her house. through several police meetings, she found out from the police that if those criminals were caught, they have no jail time. she is frustrated at our lame law. they don't protect us. she also realized that chinese and senior years are targets of several home burglaries that became violent home invasions. she is angry because the d.a. let go of the criminals. the crime was raised to more
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than just petty theft. she is painful that these criminals have stolen her valuable memories and left more pieces from her mother and grandmother. she strongly suggests that lawmakers repel proper 47. it is not -- prevention is not the only solution. we need to d.a. who works with the police to enforce our law and tough laws to prosecute those criminals. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> okay. [speaking foreign language] >> voice of translator: my name is sherry lau.
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okay. [speaking foreign language] >> voice of translator: i have a friend who is also a member of my church. she lives in sunnyside and potrero. [speaking foreign language] >> voice of translator: in 2017, november, an event of house burglary happened. blank. [speaking foreign language] >> voice of translator: they live downstairs lived downstairs and three people invaded. [speaking foreign language] >> voice of translator: they went upstairs and they cannot find anything. [speaking foreign language] >> voice of translator: and downstairs they were our two youth, 16 and 20 years of age.
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[speaking foreign language] >> voice of translator: and a seniors living together. [speaking foreign language] >> voice of translator: the senior was in the hospital, so she was not aware of this event. port-mac. >> voice of translator: and the three burglars saw the two youth and came in and brought them. [speaking foreign language] >> voice of translator: they got pulled of the boy and asked him whether or not he has money, he said no, and he was beaten. [speaking foreign language] >> voice of translator: the elder sister was, submitted her
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rents, over $1,000 to the burglars. >> and then they -- [speaking foreign language] >> voice of translator: they push the two of them into a room , it is fortunate the boy has a phone. >> they called the police. [speaking foreign language] >> voice of translator: and they called the police. [speaking foreign language] >> voice of translator: and the three burglars, upon hearing the phone call, they escaped. [speaking foreign language] >> voice of translator: why do i know it, because the members' brothers ran into his family.
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[speaking foreign language] >> voice of translator: i immediately notified other members of my church. [speaking foreign language] >> voice of translator: it's fortunate we collected over $2,000 to give to them. [speaking foreign language] >> voice of translator: i would like to find out why chinese have become a sudden target for burglars, and we became victims. [speaking foreign language] >> voice of translator: i don't quite understand why many seniors are getting into a situation where their phones or their cash were robbed.
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[speaking foreign language] >> thank you. >> voice of translator: we feel that the crime rate is going down. thank you so much. >> next speaker, please. >> i would like to make an announcement, room 263 has been opened for overflow. if you do not have a seat in this room, we request to move over two to 63 and you can view the meeting from there and return to this room for public comment as room becomes available. thank you, very much. if you are standing, i would ask you go to 263 at this time. we can't allow people to stand in the room due to fire codes. thank you very much. >> thank you, victor. next speaker, please. [speaking foreign language]
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>> voice of translator: good morning, we are retired and live in the sunset district for over 25 years. [speaking foreign language] >> voice of translator: this is the last stage of my life journey, and we are very scared nowadays because wherever we go, we have to look around to see if there's anybody that is suspicious. [speaking foreign language] >> voice of translator: we feel it is very not safe. [speaking foreign language] >> voice of translator: we hope the supervisors would elect a
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new legislature to suppress the crime rate. [speaking foreign language] left. >> voice of translator: we are afraid to go out. [speaking foreign language] >> voice of translator: anybody walks around causes a tremble in our hearts. [speaking foreign language] >> voice of translator: we wish to have more personnel walking the streets, doing the rounds to give us a better sense of security. [speaking foreign language] >> voice of translator: thank you. >> next speaker, please. >> hello, welcome back, i am wendy. >> voice of translator: my name is wendy leg port-mac. >> voice of translator: i'm a
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resident of sunset district. [speaking foreign language] >> voice of translator: homes used to be the safest place. [speaking foreign language] >> voice of translator: but the burglars run rampant. [speaking foreign language] >> voice of translator: whether or not we stay-at-home, they are focused upon chinese, particularly seniors, this is a very serious crime. [speaking foreign language] >> voice of translator: so the loss should be upheld by the policeman. the law should be executed. [speaking foreign language] to prevent burglars from committing crimes. i have a right to live in a safe community. >> thank you very much. we really urge more police to patrol our street so it will be
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more safe. thank you, everyone. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> good morning, supervisors. thank you supervisor mark for initiating this neighborhood safety. my name is wendy long from san francisco coalition for good neighborhoods. first of all, i would like to address that the criminal rate has been dropped, there are several reasons that we need to be concerned. first of all, where we have enough dispatchers you can speak our dialects to take the reaction immediately, at least kindly, so what i understand from the sources is we have only four cantonese dispatchers among the hundred and 40 dispatchers
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citywide, and we also understand our culture is passive, that we are not confidence or even have the courage to report to the police, first of all, we need to know that the police has to enforce the law, and the lawn needs to prosecute those criminals, and because of the language barriers, because of the timely fashion, we do not see that we are protected. i have to address also that chinese are not wealthy, we are working hard, seniors are working in factories and they are having only 500 or $600 a month, even less than social security. we don't have that much money, but as sherry said, when they rob the elderly, they steal their belongings, that even punched them. the interpreter didn't say that. but also like to say that since we have 58 election, we need to get the police to work with the
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experience d.a. who can prosecute our law. many tough laws to prosecute them. the neighborhood watch are not going to have help us. we even had video. we victimize victims and it has been going into their houses twice, consecutive two days. they have the videos, but they cannot do anything about it because there is a petty theft, so $950 -- >> thank you. thank you. if there is anyone else that wishes to speak on this item, please step up to the right side of the room. next speaker, please. >> the part about prosecuting people that's been caught by top class police officers, one of the reasons is the district attorney's office, not all the attorneys, but a lot of the attorneys are disgusted, for example, i did all the legal work in a practising law, getting most civil and criminal restraining orders against a white skin color caucasian bigot
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that is calling me all kinds of names and calling black color females all sorts of names and making jealous -- jealous threats and death threats and i have it all documented, and i went before several judges at the civil court house at 400 mcallister street, got mr. -- got restraining orders, put them in jail, and it gets out, you release him, then i have to refile again because i'm going before white judges and they only give meet restraining orders that are good for two or three months, when it should be for two or three years, because he need to practice law over several times than i have to, but because we've got a lot of legal experience pertaining to both civil and criminal law, both state systems, i'm able to handle it, but for people not cut out for me, it is a frustrating experience like everyone who spoke before you, by the same response, after putting him in jail and he gets
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out, you still don't enforce and prosecute him, then i take him to court again for violating a restraining order, and you get a criminal court judge at 850 bryant street that tells him, as a made a demonstration at the courthouse, the criminal courthouse at 850 bryant street, that is a hate crime and a terrorist threat all rolled up and wrapped up into one. the judge orders a d.a. office to have a hate crime charge pressed against him, and you failed to do it, you contact me talking about investigators who will handle the case, and you didn't. he got an asian attorney who called me who can barely speak -- [indiscernible]. >> thank you. thank you. thank you. serve, -- server, thank you. [indiscernible]
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thank you, next speaker, please. >> again, i would like to note that if you are standing in this room, overflow is open in room 263. we cannot allow people to stand in this room due to the fire code, if you don't mind moving over. if you'd like to provide public comment on item two, please line up to the left by the windows in this room. thank you, very much. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> my name is tim tracy, i was leaving my house about a week and a half ago and i heard shouting across the street and there was a neighbor yelling at someone who had stolen a package from her neighbor, so i went over and tried to get him to stop and he wouldn't stop so i jumped in my car, in the neighborhood jumped in my car too, i said get in, we actually had to follow him. he was pretty professional and he just kept walking, in a said job the package, just drop away,
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drop the package, he said called the police, called the police, he said call him, he said he just wouldn't stop and my neighbor got on her phone what we were following him, he did not run, he did not drop the package, he just walked straight near sunset boulevard and got on the bus. we finally got hold of the police and gave him the numbers of the car, he was a very determined. it wasn't someone, just an opportunity, almost like the authorities can look into it if there is a ring of people who are stealing packages, but it was very brazen and it was an element of criminality or thinking that was beyond just someone stealing a package. they were pretty driven. he went to jail rather than drop that package, and they just -- they seem to be getting pretty serious about that. i am native of sunset and it is starting to grow and i have confidence the authorities are aware of this. thank you for this meeting, and
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let's hope things get better. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> hello -- >> please speak into the microphone. >> my name is sam, i am a sunset less than more than 20 years. this is the second time i have attended a hearing about sunset district security. since the last time about two years ago, i attended the sunset policeman hearing about the same problem, a lesson about a home burglary and -- i remember the
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time, a lot of people experience the same problem. i am a sunset district residents used to -- sunset is the number 1 safety in san francisco it is a lower crime rate in san francisco. but this year is upside down. recently here, everything happened on the sunset district. i remember last time a lesson in the hearing, where is the
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policeman? some say, maybe the policeman is sleeping. [laughter]. >> after two years, the sunset district is the same problem. maybe less -- >> thank you. thank you so much. [indiscernible]. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon. i am born and raised san francisco in. the whole thing is different, everybody is cheating everybody with bigotry. i want to say that i agree with this. [indiscernible].
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>> san francisco was a place to love, 400 people made it crappy now. thank you. >> thank you. is there anyone else who would like to speak during public comment on this item? seeing none, public comment is closed. i just wanted to thank all of the community members who came out today to share your experiences as victims and stories of other victims and your perspective on how we could really -- and we must do a better job of preventing these types of crimes, targeting residents in their homes, thank you for the very informative presentation from the police department, district attorney and s.f. safe. everyone deserves to feel safe and secure in their homes. this hearing has been an important first step towards
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bringing greater attention to and creating new strategies and efforts to prevent and reduce home invasion robberies, home burglary is an package that. i intend to follow up on this hearing by working with the police department, district attorney's office and other agencies to explore new strategies that can be developed and implemented, from today's testimony and the broader community input, my office has been getting about these issues, over the past few months, i have identified two broad areas to explore, first, i want to look at new strategies to educate and support residents to better secure their homes and prevent these types of crimes. this can include such things as extension of s.f. safe, and especially the neighborhood watch program, and also city support for residents to install security cameras in their homes, which has proven is proven to be a very effective preventive strategy, but also helpful in
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investigation of these crimes. secondly, i really want to look at strategies to improve the effectiveness and responsiveness of the police department, and the district attorney his office , and other agencies to prevent investigate and prosecute property crimes targeting residents in their homes, just from the hearing today, you know, i think this can include such things as a first step in improving our data collection especially around package thefts, and gathering demographic data of victims that -- of these types of crime so we can be much more effective in our strategies at preventing these crimes, and finally, because these issues are of such a high priority to my constituency district four, and thank you so much for the sunset residents and businesses that came out to speak at the hearing , i will be following up with this in my district and bringing this conversation more into the sunset district and i
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will be convening a district four working group on home burglaries and package theft, and we will also be holding a town hall meeting in the sunset district on may 26th to bring this discussion into the neighborhood and to get more ideas and input directly from my residence and constituents, thank you so much to chair madeleine and supervisors walton and stefani for participating and cosponsoring this meeting. >> great. thank you. my understanding is you would like to have the constituents to call the chair, so i will move that we do that and colleagues, can we take that without objection? >> we will. that motion passes. and mr. clark, please call the next item. >> item three is a resolution supporting california assembly bill number 392 to incorporate policing best practices that authorize police officers to use deadly force only when it is necessary to prevent imminent and serious bodily injury or death and to require
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de-escalation methods whenever possible. >> thank you. supervisor haney, this is your resolution. take it away. >> thank you, chair mandelman for having me here today to hear this resolution. i also want to recognize that a lot of people here for the next item so that will be coming immediately afterwards. i am proud to introduce a resolution supporting california state assembly bill 392, introduced by sibley member shirley weber and assembly number kevin mccarthy caused the california act to save lives here for california act to save lives incorporates policing best practices that authorizes police officers to use deadly force only when necessary to prevent imminent and serious bodily injury or death and require de-escalation methods whenever possible. we're here today because of an comfortable truth, there is a deep rift between our law enforcement and some of the communities they serve. a rift that is deepened by the disproportionate use of deadly
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force, mostly against people of color. ab 392 is a california act to save lives seeks to heal the divide by changing standards. the bill states that police should not use deadly force when it is safe and reasonable to employ alternative methods and updates agency protocols to match best practices that will increase safety for both officers and the public. being a police officer can require making incredibly dangerous split-second decisions ab 392 acknowledges this and also provides necessary standards that strengthen law-enforcement chargeability to protect and save lives while simultaneously acknowledging that the power of police officers do use deadly force is perhaps the most significant responsibility we can put on any public official. by updating and raising use of force standard and ensuring accountability for unnecessary deaths, ab 392 recognizes that officers must first and foremost the guided by the goal to safeguard human life.
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james virtual be presenting today on behalf of the justice team network. he will speak specifically about ab 392. you will explain that the act as a sensible approach modelled after best practices are placing this was often similar policy changes three years ago, which has resulted in the use of force incidents going down by 30% but i will finish many people here today are not only grieving the loss of one z-uppercase-letter dealing with a trauma, violence, and betrayal brought on by system that is supposed to protect them. as we move forward in this process, we have an obligation to recognize the injustice faced by the individuals and families who have suffered the death of a shepherd of death at the hands of law enforcement. we cannot legislate pain away, we can put laws in place that can help us move forward to a better future. we can arm our officers with training and create standards of accountability that make our police better and community safer. the protection of human life is at the core of our societal
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fabric. it is the foundation that our laws are supposed to be built on we can make it clear that the preservation of life is, in fact , our law enforcement's highest priority. before i call it james birch, i would like to thank the leadership and support of lizzie buchanan from the aclu, mark from policy link, communities united for restorative youth -- youth justice, young women freedom center and for all the community supporters who are here today. i also want to recognize the families and friends who have lost one of the members of their family or someone who they love, including the family of oscar grant who are here today. we see you, we hear you and we are in solidarity with you. take it from here. >> thank you, honourable committee, my name is james birch, i'm a policy director and the anti- police terror project. i'm a proud sponsor. i also work in the city of san
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francisco as a policy director of the st. james for. is a pleasure to be speaking to you about such an important piece of legislation. at the act to save lives seeks to finally address the police use of force issue that takes the lives of californians. before we discuss the bill itself, i would like to reflect on the history in san francisco and what it took the city to begin to make much-needed price changes to their loss. it would stop the unnecessary deaths that plagued the city and draw thousands into the streets. jah follow is a number of the -- to follow is a list of names that died. i wonder how many of those victims of police violence would still be here today if a law like ab 392 have been in place. i wonder how many officers would have been held accountable if this law had been in place. california police departments at some of the highest rates of killings in the nation.
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in 2017, a hundred and 72 people were killed by law enforcement in california which works out to one every other day. in 2015, report found that certain counties killed more people per capita than any other large county in the united states. , in fact, california is home to five of the 50 departments of some of the highest per capita rates of police killings for their size big bakersfield, santa ana, stockton, long beach and san bernardino. over time, it is becoming increasingly clear to everyone that something must be done about the frequency of police killings and crucially the frequency with which police killings go without either administrative or criminal punishment. wait with respect to california law, an update to the use of force law is long overdue. as i imagine most of you know, the rules governing police use of force in california are controlled by the supreme court standard and not appears specific formula law currently on the books regarding use of force is unconstitutional. established in 1872, penal code
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section 196 state that a peace officer may lawfully kill someone while arresting persons charged with a felony and two are fleeing from justice or resisting such arrest. again, this section established in 1872 obviously does not meet constitutional constitutional muster. that standard, the standard currently applied in the state allows for peace officers to use deadly force whenever reasonable when accounting for the totality of the circumstance. unfortunately, for the people of california, a low standard means any police murder is objectively reasonable. we all know how the story goes. whenever there's a police killing that the community deems to be unjust, officers claims they feared for their lives and were put on administrative leave , next to d.a. weights for the, like, to die down before blaming that to the use of force standard by the supreme court, they do not believe a prosecution will be successful. there is no in ministry to
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punishment because the use of force policies were not violated our hope is ab 392 will usher in the beginning of an air of accountability that leaves that old story behind. we believe that 392 will do that by providing two key functions, first, it changes the ministry to standard for all law enforcement agencies statewide. it implement a necessary standard requiring and use of force be necessary to prevent serious bodily injury or death. an example of this as a law enforcement officer and an open doorway facing a person and with a knife distance away who begins to walk in the direction. if the officer -- officer can safely exit without risk, they are to do so and can only use their weapon when it is necessary to prevent harm. it seems simple in conversation, and it appears to be fatal in practice to law enforcement to our objective wholeheartedly to this change. we support the change because this alone could change countless lives by finally giving law enforcement agencies the power to discipline or fire
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officers for unnecessary use of force. we know what happens if an officer is disciplined, the discipline is appealed and has a good chance of being overturned especially with unclear standards around use of force. either way, there is headache and usually great financial cost to a city for trying to enforce its policies. with ab 392, agencies are not only be empowered to discipline officers who misuse force, to be held accountable for failing to do so. the police accountability bill that passed last year, s.b. 1421 , gives communities access to disciplinary decisions regarding the use of force. this means that communities could, the for the first time determine whether officers happen front punished, and with a heightened standard for use of force under 392, we may get for the first time system that provides for accountability at least at the administrative level. next, it would establish criminal liability for peace officers who criminally -- is criminal negligent conduct leads to the death of another.
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they launch headlong into a situation unnecessarily. i'm sure those who have intimate memory of some of the most recent officer involved shootings are very familiar with what i am talking about. it is what returning to that list of police violent vic's -- violence victims that i read earlier. everyone was among i -- minority this provision will hopefully encourage law enforcement officers to think of the well-being of those involved as they perform their duties. in close, we believe that passing this is a necessary step towards police accountability. we remain pleased that san francisco has recently taken steps in the same direction as those being taken at the state legislature and take it as an indication san francisco recognizes as we do the way the police use of force is governed in the state of california must be changed. thank you.
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>> everi've watched educational shows where white people strung out on crystal meth and rushing up on towards cops with a hatchet, police officer deescalates the situation, pulls out a taser, taser. r doesn't work and stays out of the way of the white suspect swinging at him with a damn hatchet.
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understand me, until he gets back up and tackle him and handcuff him and take him into custody. whereas when you've got a black with a little pocket knife, you have a firing squad of eight cops who empty their firearm into the body of mayo mario woo. this is a difference of treatment not only taking place in san francisco and the bay area, it's throughout the united states of america. you stop a white female on the freeway and she's scared she's going to get shot. the mic is on and the police officer said, we only do that to black people. that's over the discovery channel. is that clear? now, i'm going to tell you something else about me further, this is discrimination against people of colour and you're running a corrupt and organized enterprise within your police
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departments throughout the united states where you're murdering people of colour, violating their civil rights. you never hear about white people being shot like that. >> thank you, next speaker. >> i am known to the community as uncle bobby x. there is no horror comparable to the excessive use of force by the police that takes you to life. the pain is forever severed in your memory, perhaps it could have been prevented. i come and represent families throughout the state of california that's under this organization called california foundries united for justice and we all are in pain still behind the murder of our loved ones.
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since january 1, 2009, there has been over 1200 california family members that have been murdered by the police here in the state of california. this pain is devastating. it's crippling and changes one's perspective on how this system addresses the issue when it comes to our black and brown community, children being murdered, young children being pushe.we ask to support this legislation because it's been saving lives. the department of justice
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through ab. -71 has a source where you can view this and ab953 helps to substantiate everything we say is true. what we saying last year what sb1421 being passed and how many officers have been wrong. >> thank you. >> good morning. i'm with an organization called the community of justice in oakland and i want to thank the supervisors for letting us speak on this important issue and thank you supervisor haney, for supporting this revolution.