San Francisco’s Police Commission ordered all district stations to prominently display “Black Lives Matter” signs Wednesday despite opposition from the rank-and-file officers union.
The commission voted 5-0 to approve a resolution from Commissioner Dion-Jay Brookter requiring the posters be put up at each station, over objections from the San Francisco Police Officers Association.
An SFPOA attorney sent a letter ahead of the meeting supporting the notion that Black lives matter but expressing “serious” concerns that the signs would inject politics and “wedge issues” into the “safe harbor” of police stations.
Commission Vice President Damali Taylor called the SFPOA’s argument “absolute horseshit.”
“To me it is really concerning,” Taylor said. “If you have such a visceral reaction to a poster that says ‘Black Lives Matter,’ I want you to search your heart.”
Commissioner Cindy Elias said the resolution was a “step in the right direction” but urged her colleagues to do more.
“More importantly, what we should be doing is making a commitment to each other as commissioners and to the public that we start creating policies that actually save Black lives and people of color,” Elias said.
In response, SFPOA President Tony Montoya issued a statement Thursday blasting the commissioners.
“The Police Commission should put away their soapboxes and stop their political grandstanding,” Montoya said.