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With Angry Protests Against Police Brutality As Backdrop, Officials Press Ahead With Reform

Steve Rhodes
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SFPD taking videos at police protest on Powell St

Both local and statewide government officials pressed ahead with police reform efforts on Monday amidst nationwide protests over the police homicide of George Floyd in Minneapolis, as well as systemic racism.

A San Francisco Board of Supervisors subcommittee rejected two candidates nominated by Mayor London Breed to serve on the police commission, which sets police policy and imposes discipline against officers. It also has an oversight role in any reforms.

The two supervisors voting against the nominations implied that the nominees were too close to law enforcement to be effective advocates for reform.

The nominees are local prosecutor Nancy Tung and Geoffrey Gordon-Creed, a former deputy city attorney in private practice.

To be appointed, they now need six votes from the full board of supervisors.

Meanwhile, also on Monday, District Attorneys Chesa Boudin, of San Francisco and Diana Becton, of Contra Costa signed a letter by a broader group of DAs. They asked the State Bar to ban District Attorneys from accepting donations from police unions, citing potential for conflicts of interest.

Sarah Lai Stirland is a freelance journalist and editor living in the South Bay. Her reporting background is in technology, science writing, law and policy. For the past few years, she's written about issues related to aging.