San Francisco’s Democratic mayor, London Breed, is calling for more police funding two years after vowing to divert police funding to the African-American community.
Breed posted his call on his social media account on Valentine’s Day.
“Our police department is understaffed and officers are working overtime to fill shifts and keep residents safe,” he tweeted.
“I’m introducing a funding measure to fund more overtime so @SFPD can provide the critical services our residents deserve,” he added, referring to the San Francisco Police Department.
He posted a video of a very strong statement he made against “open air drug dealing” and in favor of law enforcement.
Neither the video nor the Democrat’s statement referenced her previous position advocating redirecting police funding to the African-American community.
“Decades of disinvestment and racially disparate policies have disproportionately harmed our African-American community in SF,” read a tweet from the mayor in 2022.
u201cDecades of disinvestment and racially disparate policies have disproportionately harmed our African American community in SF.nnSupervisor @ShamannWalton and I will lead the effort to redirect @SFPD funding to support the African American community in the next budget. u201d
— London Breed (@London Breed) 1591323357
“Supervisor @ShamannWalton and I will lead the effort to redirect @SFPD funding to support the African American community in the next budget,” he added.
“SF has made substantial progress on police reform and use of force in recent years, but we know there are structural inequities in our city that continue to this day,” he continued in a second tweet.
San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott supported the policy at the time, saying redirecting police funds was not the same as the “Defund the Police” movement.
The San Francisco Police Officers Association, on the other hand, warned that redirecting funds could reduce police response times and lead to more crime.
Here’s more about Breed who previously defunded the police:
SF Mayor Breed Calls for Redirecting Police Funding to Black Community www.youtube.com
[H/T: Author Michael Shellenberger]
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