San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dropped plans to bring New York City’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy to San Francisco and instead will rely on targeted police enforcement, crime-tracking software, and increased involvement by ministers to combat the gun violence that has plagued some of the city’s most crime-ridden neighborhoods, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Lee had been considering stop and frisk to reduce violence after a discussion with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The Board of Supervisors, scores of community groups, and church leaders criticized the idea, saying it would lead to racial profiling.
In New York, more than 80 percent of those stopped by police and frisked for weapons have been black or Latino – and 90 percent were found to have done nothing wrong. Lee apparently was persuaded to try different methods after several meetings with law enforcement officials and community leaders, culminating in a meeting Friday with black ministers who pledged their support for combatting gun violence without relying on random stops. Lee’s spokeswoman, Christine Falyey, said, “He doesn’t want to implement a policy that has the potential to include racial profiling. Looking at best practices, he came up with other options that have a lot more community support.” Rather than looking to New York City, the Police Department is borrowing parts of Boston’s much-heralded Operation Ceasefire program, which was implemented in 1995 to curb gang-related youth homicides.