SF Supervisor Leads Chant That Curses Police Officers Union

Apologizes To City Officers But Doubles Down On Comments

KCBS Radio Morning News
November 07, 2019 - 10:37 am
SF Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer

Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer


San Francisco Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer has apologized to the city’s police after leading a profane chant against the officers union at an election night party for district attorney candidate Chesa Boudin.

but not the organization that represents them –

Video of the incident shows Fewer on stage chanting “F--- the POA”, with her middle fingers raised as the crowd chants with her. Fellow supervisors Matt Haney and Hillary Ronen and former supervisors Jane Kim and David Campos were on stage behind her.

The San Francisco Police Officers Association represents about 2,200 city officers.

Fewer has since apologized to any police officers who may have been offended by the chant and her language but says she stands by her criticism of the POA.

“I apologize if my comments were misinterpreted to be an attack on you, as individual officers. That could not be further from the truth,” wrote Fewer in a statement. “I know and understand how difficult the job is and am deeply appreciative of your service. That said, I cannot apologize for my comments last night directed at the leadership of the Police Officers Association.”

POA President Tony Montoya said the “unhinged attack” was inappropriate coming from an elected official. “You show, by example, that it is acceptable to verbally assault officers,” he wrote. “Last night you made our officers’ job more dangerous." The POA also says that it sent Fewer a copy of Montoya’s statement along with bars of soap “so she can clean up her language.”

Fewer’s husband served as a San Francisco police officer for 35 years and received the Medal of Valor five times. Fewer said her family has paid POA dues for decades.

Fewer has previously criticized the POA for funding attack ads against Boudin, suggesting that he was the first-choice candidate of criminals. Montoya has described Boudin’s platform as “criminals first.”

In her statement, Fewer doubled down on her criticism of the organization saying it has a “long and sordid history of opposing police reforms, publishing explicitly racist and anti-immigrant rhetoric, and directly threatening their critics.”

Boudin says he was not in the room when the chant broke out.

“I think it speaks to the real frustration that many voters and many elected officials even have with the POA," he said to KPIX-5.

The city’s Department of Elections says the DA’s race is too close to call and it may take until next week to finish tabulating the ranked-choice ballots. As of Wednesday afternoon, interim DA Suzy Loftus held a close lead over Boudin.

Written by Jessica Yi.