Today, protesters came at Mayor Ed Lee from all sides — literally. On the Van Ness side of City Hall, a mix of Bay Area residents, politicos, and average Joes, gathered to oppose the mayor's controversial stop-and-frisk policy. Meanwhile, on the other side of the building, residents rallied against Lee's stalemate with the California Pacific Medical Center.
Mayor Ed Lee's consideration of stop-and-frisk prompted Theo Ellington, president of San Francisco Black Young Democrats, to initiate today's rally where residents called for an end to the idea even before it's been formally proposed. In addition, the group handed Mayor Lee a petition with some 2,000 signatures opposing stop-and-frisk activity.
Alongside the black activists were Supervisors John Avalos, Malia Cohen, David Chiu, Eric Mar, and David Campos, who were there to emphasize the importance of trust between cops and the community. A policy like this is “dehumanizing” and disruptive to that trust, they said.