RE: [lpsf-activists] New file uploaded to lpsf-activists

It's getting better. I like the issue as a platform for our activism. We
should probably get some professional editing and focus from and
experienced drafter of these kinds of documents.

Mike

Michael Edelstein wrote:

The requested file or directory is not found on the server.

In case anyone still can't see it, I'll paste it in below.

Justin

Priority Protection of the Citizens of San Francisco Act

Revision #4

This Initiative Ordinance is a demand of the highest and most urgent nature
by the Citizens of San Francisco to the San Francisco Police Department to
re-deploy the personnel priorities of the police department. In addition, it
is a further high priority demand for the San Francisco District Attorney's
office to develop a program of full co-operation and co-ordination with the
San Francisco Police Department in creating an agreement of the evidence and
testimony needed to issue arrest warrants or obtain grand jury indictments
for the arrests of major-crime felons.

The priority re-deployment is so the Citizens of San Francisco can feel
safe in their homes, while driving, biking, walking or riding on Muni or
while at their place of business. The Citizens of San Francisco should not
fear for their lives or being gravely injured because the San Francisco
Police Department with its priorities skewed and the District Attorney's
office through its intransigence has gone after easy victimless crimes
arrests, prosecutions and convictions instead of hardened murderers, rapists
and armed robbers.

Be it ordained by the People of the City and County of San Francisco:

SECTION 1. *Title.*

This ordinance shall be known and may be cited as the: "Priority Protection
of the Citizens of San Francisco Act"

SECTION 2. *Findings.*

The San Francisco Police Department in assigning 32 police officers to
"sweep the homeless"; in assigning 22 police officers to middle school and
high school safety patrols, to high-profile "news at 11:00" raids on massage
parlors, Holiday drunk-driving checkpoints to shameful hi-jinks video tapes
has shown a reckless, wanton and abysmal disregard for the necessary actions
which are needed to protect the Citizens who through their taxes pays the
San Francisco Police Department's budget.

The San Francisco District Attorney's office through its perceived and
actual lack of co-operation and co-ordination with the San Francisco Police
Department and its activities in arresting the alleged perpetrator felons
has further created a climate among the criminal element of – I can get away
with it.

The San Francisco Police Department through red-tape ridden bureaucratic
indifference, lack of foresight and total dis-regard of its stated mission
ignores concentrating police forces on tracking down the perpetrators of
murder, rape and armed robbery.

The San Francisco Police Department through its man power shortness should
not be assigning officers to PR community activities to the detriment of the
high level activities of catching major-crime felons.

SECTION 3. *Declarations.*

Based on Crime Statistics from 2000 - 2005 the San Francisco Police
Department's own figures show the following crimes which were committed but
not cleared: 258 murders - 944 rapes - 14,985 armed robberies.

The San Francisco Police Department records show a very low arrest rate in
relation to the number of violent crimes. The Crime Statistics cited do not
include the figures for the additional crimes reported to the San Francisco
Police Department for aggravated assaults, burglaries, larceny or theft, car
thefts and arson.

The lack of reporting crimes by victims is due to the crime victim
personally believing reporting the crime and getting justice from the San
Francisco Police Department and the District Attorney's office would be a
lost cause due to the extremely low arrest rate and a low conviction record
of major-crime felons.

It is a further deeply held belief that the San Francisco Police Department
is less responsive to the minority neighborhood communities in crime
suppression than upscale neighborhood communities.

This is further compounded by the San Francisco Police Departments
inability to protect victims willing to testify about crimes in the minority
neighborhood communities. This has resulted in the criminal's retribution
against the crime victim, for identifying and testifying against the
criminals, who have wantonly with impunity murdered, raped and robbed
members of the minority neighborhoods.

The San Francisco District Attorney's office through its insistence of
evidence beyond *ANY* shadow of a doubt allows alleged major-crime felons to
freely commit crimes without being charged because these felons know they
can do so without any likelihood of being arrested and prosecuted by the San
Francisco District Attorney.

SECTION 4. *Purpose and Intent.*

The People of the City and County of San Francisco declare their purpose
and intent in enacting the Initiative Ordinance "Priority Protection of the
Citizens of San Francisco Act" to be as follows:

Require the San Francisco Police Department to direct its activities in
such a manner as to concentrate it police personnel and its capabilities on
locating and arresting at-large alleged perpetrators suspected of murder,
rapes and armed robbery.

Require the San Francisco Police Department to pull all non-essential
officers off duties which are not directly related to rounding up the
perpetrators of vicious crimes and clearing the cases for prosecution and
direct their efforts to clearing theses vicious crimes.

Require the San Francisco District Attorney's office to work intensively
and extensively with the San Francisco Police Department on immediately
developing a Major Crimes Strike Force to seek out alleged major-crime
criminals. The Major Crimes Strike Force is to be composed of experienced
criminal case DA prosecutors and D.A criminal investigators to work with
major-crime Inspectors of the San Francisco Police department to concentrate
their activities on getting and keeping off the streets vicious criminals
who have murdered, raped and robbed the Citizens of San Francisco.

Section 5. *Priority Protection of the Citizens of San Francisco Act.*

Be it resolved, the citizens of San Francisco City and County do establish
the following Ordinance:

The San Francisco Police Department is specifically directed to immediately
re-assign all police officers doing non-essential and non-priority police
work to such duties which are directly related to tracking down the alleged
perpetrators of murder, rape and armed robbery. These assigned personnel
will do the necessary police or detective work to obtain and provide the
necessary evidence and testimony needed in all un-cleared cases for the
major felonies of murder, rape and armed robbery.

The San Francisco Police Department will join forces with the District
Attorney's office in immediately forming a joint Major Crimes Strike Force
to concentrate all its activities on seeking out the alleged perpetrators of
murder, rape and armed robbery. The joint task force will immediately
develop an agreed to program of the necessary evidence and testimony
required to issue arrest warrants or provide grand jury indictments leading
to the arrest of the alleged perpetrators and getting them off the streets.

By definition non-priority or non-essential police work will include but
not be limited to: homeless sweeps, drunk-driving checkpoints, massage
parlor raids, prostitution busts, "john" solicitation stings, neighborhood
traffic enforcement or control, personal possession marijuana busts,
graffiti taggers, parade escorts, non-injury traffic accidents, dignitary
escorts, large scale event management, clerical desk work which could be
handled by a civilian clerk, main facility door guards, assisting the DEA or
California State Bureau of Narcotics in marijuana busts or any police
activity where a highly trained police officer could be replaced by a
civilian.

The San Francisco Police Department will maintain and keep up to date a
database entry management program for logging and reporting criminal
activities. This database will be made accessible where all district
stations can be made instantly aware of criminal activities and similar
activities in their districts for co-ordination of activities and
perpetrator track down and arrests. The criminal database will be used to
track old un-solved major felony crime and enter new police reports of all
crimes for cross-checking and cross-referencing for alleged perpetrators of
serious felony crimes.

To counter the perceived perception of the San Francisco Police Department
being above the fray each district station will immediately institute a
neighborhood foot patrol beat program in all high crime districts. The
neighborhood foot patrol beat program will be specifically directed for the
San Francisco Police Department to provide visibility in high-crime
neighborhoods. It will be to specifically require the San Francisco Police
Department foot patrol beat officers to meet and greet the people of the
local community. This will specifically be for the specific purpose of
fostering better co-operation between the San Francisco Police Department
and the members of the local communities. This will be specifically for
obtaining from the members of the local communities their freely given
assistance in identifying and providing the evidence required to arrest
hardened vicious criminals stalking and preying and victimizing members of
the local communities.

SECTION 6. *Effective Date.*

The provisions of this ordinance shall take effect immediately after
certification of the election results by the San Francisco Board of
Supervisors.

SECTION 7. *Severability.*

If any provision of this ordinance or the application thereof to any person
or circumstances is held invalid or unconstitutional, such invalidity or
unconstitutionality shall not affect other provisions or applications of
this act that can be given effect without the invalid or unconstitutional
provision of this application, and to this end the provisions of this
ordinance are severable.

SECTION 8. *Amendments.*

The provisions of this initiative, once enacted, may not be amended except
by another initiative measure.