Reporting Barbara Taylor
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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – A majority of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors have called for Mayor Ed Lee to abandon any thought of implementing a stop-and-frisk policy.
The proposal would allow police to stop and search people they consider suspicious in an effort to get guns off the streets.
The resolution against the measure was introduced by Supervisor Malia Cohen, who represents the Bayview, one of San Francisco’s high crime areas.
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She said Mayor Lee is wrong if he thinks stop-and-frisk will reduce crime.
“Implementing something similar would not only be counter to our values as a city, but would also erode years in building trust between communities and law enforcement,” said Cohen.
Supervisor David Campos is one of six co-sponsors of the resolution.
“I do think it is unfortunate that this was even raised as a possibility because it really goes against everything that we believe in here in San Francisco,” said Campos.
Mayor Lee said he’s willing to consider any program that would reduce gun violence but he won’t do anything without a show of community support.
The program would be modeled after one in New York, although that has come under some fire as critics said most of those stopped by New York police have been either black or Hispanic.
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