S.F. Mayor Considers “Stop and Frisk,” But Does He Mean NYC-Style?


In the upside-down world of San Francisco politics, it seems nobody – least of all Mayor Ed Lee himself – knows exactly what the mayor is proposing in his quest to get guns off the city’s streets. says San Francisco Chronicle columnist Heather Knight. Lee told the Chronicle’s editorial board he had “a good conversation about stop and frisk” with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and that the policy “is under consideration” in San Francisco. Last week, protesters representing 50 community organizations and all racial groups delivered 2,000 signatures decrying stop and frisk to the mayor’s office. The Board of Supervisors. Lee said this in reply: “I have not considered implementing a policy in San Francisco that would violate anyone’s constitutional rights or that would result in racial profiling. I have stated that I am willing to look at what other cities are doing to reduce gun violence, including cities like New York and Philadelphia that both have stop-and-frisk programs.”

Barry Krisberg, former president of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, said it’s “about impossible” to adopt a stop-and-frisk policy that doesn’t include racial profiling. “I’m still kind of stunned that San Francisco is even considering this,” he said. Alan Schlosser of the American Civil Liberties Union said the Supreme Court long has upheld a police officer’s right to stop someone if the officer has a reasonable suspicion the person is committing a crime and to frisk him or her if the officer believes that person is armed. “The way the mayor has raised it as some new policy can’t help but lead one to believe what’s on his mind is what exists in New York,” Schlosser said, There, an officer can stop and frisk pretty much anybody.

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