Recently, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee announced that he is considering adopting a stop-and-frisk policy for the City and County of San Francisco. This policy would give police officers the legal right to stop and frisk any individual they deem suspicious - similar to infamous policy used by the NYPD. Furthermore, this could give officers the right to detain any individual and perform a search.
Simply put, this initiative would directly affect young minorities of color, legitimize and legalize racial discrimination and profiling, and set a precedent that damages our constitution. The Fourth Amendment protects us against unreasonable search and seizures - however, this policy allows the disregard of “probable cause." Many of us who are San Francisco natives grew up in the Bayview and Western Addition communities of San Francisco, and we know this policy would have a negative impact on our community and do little to stop violence.
Even San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr, disagrees with the city adopting a stop-and-frisk policy, saying: "We do not racially profile in San Francisco. And we never will."
Will you join other around San Francisco and the rest of the United States by Standing for Civil Rights?
Collectively our voices will be heard - join us today! We say “NO” to “Stop-and-Frisk” in San Francisco.
Theo Ellington, Black Young Dems of San Francisco