With mothers who lost their children to gun violence standing behind him, Supervisor Shamann Walton called on City Hall Tuesday to establish a plan that would get the city to zero homicides and incidents of gun violence.
Similar to San Francisco’s Vision Zero plan for no pedestrian fatalities by 2024, Walton seeks a plan for city departments to reallocate — though not yet add — resources to prevent deadly and violent crimes. The city has seen 23 homicides to date this year.
“Whether it’s in your community or not, whether it’s your family member or friend or not, violence touches everything and everyone,” said Walton, who pointed out that the Bayview has seen seven homicides this year alone. “This can be prevented.”
Walton’s resolution introduced at the Board of Supervisors regular Tuesday meeting calls for the city to increase police foot patrols in hotspots, hire a violence prevention coordinator for each district, increase the city’s community ambassador program, provide mental health and trauma support, expand the Mayor’s Opportunities for All program for youth, and install more security cameras.
At the preceding rally outside City Hall, the mother of 15-year-old Day’von Hann — who was fatally shot on July 8 on 24th and Capp streets — pleaded for the violence to stop. Hann was remembered for having “the biggest smile,” being soft-spoken, and as focused on school.
“I would rather not be here and have my baby home. He had so much ahead of him,” said Sha’ray Johnson in between tears. “You don’t play God. You can’t take peoples lives. Please, just stop. That’s all I ask.”
Though she says she’s sometimes unable to eat or sleep, Johnson was encouraged to speak at the rally by another mother whose son was lost to gun violence. Paulette Brown will soon face the 13th anniversary of her 17-year-old son Aubrey Abrakasa being gunned down. Police are still seeking a suspect.
But violence doesn’t have to take a life to leave a mark. Sasanna Yee, whose 88-year-old grandmother was violently attacked in January, also appeared at City Hall to call for peace. Yee’s grandmother, Yik Oi Huang, remains in the hospital.
And 21-year-old Fernando Madrigal also showed up, saying he still can’t feel his left hand after being shot in the head while on Interstate-280 last month.
“We’ve been doing the work,” said United Playaz Executive Director Rudy Corpuz, of the people behind him touched by the violence. “The question is what are you going to do? You’re going to wait until something happens to your family? We’re at war, y’all.”