Police Commission - October 21, 2020 - Minutes

Meeting Date: 
October 21, 2020 - 5:30pm
Location: 

                The Police Commission of the City and County of San Francisco met via videoconference at

5:40 p.m.

                PRESENT:             Commissioners Taylor, DeJesus, Elias, Brookter, Hamasaki

                ABSENT:               Commissioner Cohen

CONSENT CALENDAR

  • Request to accept donation of socks from the San Francisco Rotary Club for the community Engagement Division HSOC Unit to hand out to the unhoused.Valued at approximately $1,400.00

    Motion by Commissioner Brookter, second by Commissioner Taylor.  Approved 5-0.

    RESOLUTION NO. 20-70

    APPROVAL OF THE REQUEST OF THE CHIEF OF POLICE TO ACCEPT DONATION OF SOCKS FROM THE SAN FRANCISCO ROTARY CLUB FOR THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT DIVISION HSOC UNIT TO HAND OUT TO THE UNHOUSED.  VALUED AT APPROXIMATELY $1400.00 

                    RESOLVED, that the Police Commission hereby approves the request of the Chief of Police to accept donation of socks from the San Francisco Rotary Club for the Community Engagement Division HSOC Unit to hand out to the unhoused, valued at approximately $1400.00.

    AYES:     Commissioners Taylor, DeJesus, Elias, Hamasaki, Brookter

  • Police Commission report of Disciplinary Actions 3rd Quarter 2020

    Put over to January

    Public Comment

                    None

    REPORTS TO THE COMMISSION

    a.            Chief’s Request

    -              Weekly crime trends

    -              Major/Significant Incidents

    -              Presentation of the SB 1421 Monthly Updates

    -              Presentation of the monthly Collaborative Reform Initiatives “CRI” Updates

                     Chief Scott reported on crime trends:  Part 1 crimes:  property crimes down 24 percent; violent crimes down 21 percent; homicides up 37 percent; shootings up 11 percent.  Eight shooting incident in the past week:  October 16th, in the Ingleside district where there were four victims and one was pronounced at the scene; on the same day in the Bayview District where the victim did not survive his injuries; in the Ingleside, three victims.  The Chief stated that the Department believes that two of the shootings were gang related.  Shooting in the Tenderloin where a robbery gone bad, victim is expected to survive.  Property crimes:  Up in burglaries 44 percent.  Major events:  On October 17th, a permitted free speech rally in UN Plaza quickly escalated to violence where several attendees were attacked and an officer was assaulted.  Toxic chemicals were thrown at participants and the officers.  A suspect was identified and arrested on Sunday in Oakland.  The Chief explained that the officers were present to keep individuals safe.

    Commander Rob O’Sullivan presented the monthly SB 1421 updates

    Chief Scott presented the CRI monthly update.               

    b.            DPA Director’s Report

    -              Report on recent DPA activities, and announcements

    -              Presentation of the DPA’s Use of Force Data Audit               

                    Chief of Staff Sarah Hawkins gave an update on year-to-date stats:  655 cases opened cases and closed 718 cases year to date; 377 pending cases; 34 cases sustained; 29 cases past 270 days; 32 cases mediated; 36 cases pending with the Chief; 13 cases pending with the Commission.  She also reported on SB 1421 disclosures.  Outreach:  Oct 20th & 21st, Participated with SF Youth Defenders in a virtual panel; Oct 22nd, hosting a local government panel event and hosting an oversight investigator panel series; Oct 27th, hosting Mediation 101 for community members to discuss DPA’s Mediation Program; Oct 29th, hosting the annual mediation conference.

                    Steve Flaherty and Kat Scoggin presented the DPA’s Use of Force Data Report.

    c.             Commission Reports

    -              Commission President’s Report

    -              Commissioners’ Reports

    -              Commission announcements and scheduling of items identified for consideration at future Commission Meetings.

                    Commissioner Elias to agendize the Veronese Report in January and 5.03 on the first week of December, and Public Defender’s letter to address in public.

                    Commissioner DeJesus would like the OIS in open session.

                                   PUBLIC COMMENT

                    None.  

    PUBLIC COMMENT               

                    Ms. Paulette Brown spoke in regards to her son Aubry Abrakasa and asked for justice for her son.

                    Unidentified spoke of listening to the DPA’s Director report last week and spoke of filing a complaint and filing a disposition notice but was ignored by the DPA and would like to be able to still respond to the disposition.

                    Danielle Harris, Public Defender’s Office, spoke regarding the recent officer-involved shooting.

                    Unidentified spoke of presentation between the Board and Chief Scott and would like the Commission to agendize this item.

    PUBLIC COMMENT ON ALL MATTERS PERTAINING TO CLOSED SESSION

                    None                   

    VOTE ON WHETHER TO HOLD CLOSED SESSION

                    Motion by Commissioner Elias, second by Commissioner Brookter to go into Closed Session.  Approved 5-0.               

    CLOSED SESSION (7:30 p.m. – 10:41 p.m.)

    PERSONNEL EXCEPTION.  Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957(b)(1) and San Francisco Administrative Code Section 67.10(b) and Penal Code Section 832.7:

    PUBLIC EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE EVALUATION – Chief of Police

    Review of findings and Chief’s decision to return or not return officer to duty following officer-involved shooting

    (Present:  Commissioners Taylor, DeJesus, Elias, Brookter, Hamasaki, Chief Scott, Deputy Chief Yee, Deputy City Attorney Cabrera, Sergeant Youngblood, Sergeant Reynolds, Risa Tom, Sergeant Franco, Sergeant Ospital)

    PERSONNEL EXCEPTION.  Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957(b)(1) and San Francisco Administrative Code Section 67.10(b) and Penal Code Section 832.7:

    Hearing to sustain or not sustain disciplinary charges filed in Case No. ALW IAD 2018-0213 & 2019-0078, discussion and action to decide penalty, if necessary, or take other action, if necessary

    (Present:  Commissioners Taylor, DeJesus, Elias, Hamasaki, Brookter, Chief Scott, Deputy Chief Yee, Deputy City Attorney Zarefsky, Sergeant Youngblood, Sergeant Reynolds, Risa Tom, Attorney Worsham, Attorney Nobles, member involved)

    (Taken in shorthand form by Ms. Paula Behmke, CSR., Behmke Reporting and Video Services)

    PERSONNEL EXCEPTION.  Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957(b)(1) and San Francisco Administrative Code Section 67.10(b) and Penal Code Section 832.7:

    Discussion and possible action to adopt proposed Findings of Fact regarding the Commission’s August 12, 2020 decision in Disciplinary Charges filed in Case No. IAD 2018-0203, or take other action if necessary) Put over to November 4, 2020

    PERSONNEL EXCEPTION.  Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957(b)(1) and San Francisco Administrative Code Section 67.10(b) and Penal Code Section 832.7:

    Status and calendaring of pending disciplinary cases

    (Present:  Commissioners Taylor, DeJesus, Elias, Hamasaki, Brookter, Chief Scott, Deputy Chief Yee, Sergeant Youngblood, Sergeant Reynolds, Risa Tom)

    OPEN SESSION (10:41 p.m.)

    VOTE TO ELECT WHETHER TO DISCLOSE ANY OR ALL DISCUSSIONS HELD IN CLOSED SESSION

                    Motion by Commissioner Elias, second by Commissioner Brookter for non-disclosure.  Approved 5-0.

    PUBLIC COMMENT

                    None

    ADJOURNMENT

                    Motion by Commissioner Elias, second by Commissioner Hamasaki.  Approved 5-0.               

    Thereafter, the meeting was adjourned at 10:45 p.m.