The Board of Supervisors is considering replacing Petra DeJesus, a leading progressive voice in our city and an extremely effective reformer on the commission, with a campaign ally of the newly-elected Ahsha Safai.
For the past 17 years, as an attorney at Kazan, DeJesus has represented low-income families who have become ill or died from exposure to asbestos. DeJesus furthermore has 12 years of experience serving on the Police Commission under her belt and has made significant contributions to the department during her tenure. Specifically, she has worked with the Department of Justice to reform the S.F.P.D. with regards to Racial Profiling, Bias, and Use of Force. After the tragedies that resulted in the deaths of Mario Woods, Alex Nieto, and Jessica Williams, as well as others, it is clear that we need Commission members with a proven ability to bring reform to the S.F.P.D.
Mario Woods was killed execution-style by the San Francisco Police Department with a firing squad on December 2, 2015. Horrific as this killing was, it was by no means an isolated incident. In 2015, San Francisco was ranked top 10 WORST per capita killings by police in large U.S. cities, far worse than Charlotte, Chicago, Baltimore and New York City. Victims of police violence in SF disproportionately have been people of color and the existence of institutionalized racism in the SFPD has been well documented for many years. Please join Wealth and Disparities in the Black Community—Justice for Mario Woods in demanding that CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra open a civil rights investigation of the SFPD.