SAN FRANCISCO LEADERS REDIRECT POLICE FUNDS TO BLACK COMMUNITY

Mayor London Breed and Supervisor Shamann Walton announced the move jointly, saying it is intended as a small reparation to the “decades of disinvestment in the African American community” exacted by city policies that have had a disproportionate impact on black people.

But Breed also made clear in a statement that redirecting some police funds in the city’s upcoming budget was in part inspired by the recent killing of George Floyd, a black man who died after being pinned down by Minneapolis police officers last week.

“While the events of the last week have been painful and traumatic for so many of us, they have brought forward the devastating impacts of police violence against African Americans in this country,” Breed said. “Reforms to any single system, such as the criminal justice system or the police department, must go hand-in-hand with closing the gaps and ending the disparities that we know exist.

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