“This is a concrete, bold, and immediate step towards TRUE REPARATIONS FOR BLACK PEOPLE,” says Supervisor Shamann Walton.
In response to persistent police brutality, highlighted most recently by the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers, San Francisco mayor London Breed announced an effort to funnel funding away from the city’s police department and toward the black community, which experiences poverty at three times the average rate.
“Decades of disinvestment and racially disparate policies have disproportionately hurt our African-American community in SF,” Breed said on Twitter when announcing the joint effort with Supervisor Shamann Walton. “This week has highlighted the devastating impacts of police violence against African-Americans in this country.”
Mayor Breed and Walton, whose district encompasses the majority of the city’s African-American population, will lead a collaborative process with the community in partnership with the San Francisco Human Rights Commission to “help identify and prioritize funding needs.”
The specific dollar amounts and resources, unknown at this time, will be included in the mayor’s proposed two-year budget, which will be submitted to the Board of Supervisors by August 1, said a spokesperson for the mayor.
The San Francisco Police Department’s 2018–19 budget came to $611,701,869, the bulk of which went to police salaries ($394.7 million), followed by fringe benefits ($52.2 million) and “professional services” ($744,000).