Muni tweeted, Tuesday, that it wouldn’t carry officers to demonstrations protesting police brutality anymore. The police union tweeted back, telling Muni officials “to lose our number” and to look elsewhere for help when it comes to fare evasion and removing unwanted passengers. So San Francisco agencies — let’s settle down and figure out what you can actually do here.
Will the police stop helping Muni?
No. SFPD told us, “We respect and honor the actions SFMTA is taking to advance the cause of racial justice and equity. SFPD's commitment to the safety and First Amendment rights of those we serve remains undiminished.”
So what about Muni and the special service buses they provide to the police?
For the moment they have stopped. But only on a tweeted promise. Muni officials must enshrine these changes into their policies or the city charter before any of this becomes permanent. Until that happens, we’ll have to wait for the next tweet.