San Francisco Supervisors Push To Ban Hiring Officers With Past Misconduct

Margie Shafer
June 02, 2020 - 6:31 pm

    San Francisco Supervisors are supporting a resolution to ban the hiring of law enforcement officers with prior findings of serious misconduct.

    Motivated by the death of George Floyd, City Supervisor Shamann Walton introduced the resolution with the support of the Board of Supervisors. 

    “We are going to make sure that from now on, we push the Civil Service Commission to never hire anyone to work at our law enforcement entities—the San Francisco Police Department, the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department—that has several complaints of excessive force,” Walton said.

    The resolution also seeks to close a loophole used by some officers who quit one department in order to terminate an investigation before findings are reached, only to be hired by another department.

    A resolution does not have a force of law, which could be crafted later, but could prompt a civil service commission to make the changes.

    San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin is also pushing the resolution.

    “Had a law been in place like this in Minneapolis, George Floyd might still be alive today,” he said.

    The former officer who kneeled on Floyd’s neck, Derek Chauvin, did have 18 prior complaints against him.