San Francisco mayor called to redirect police funds to the African-American community but now wants more money for cops

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Democrat San Francisco Mayor London Breed is calling to provide more funds for policing two years after promising to divert police funds to the African-American community.

Breed posted her call on her social media account on Valentine’s Day.

“Our police department is suffering from staffing shortages and officers are working overtime to fill shifts and keep residents safe,” she tweeted.

“I am introducing a funding measure to fund more overtime so @SFPD can provide the critical services our residents deserve,” she added, referring to the San Francisco Police Department.

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She posted a video of a very strong statement she made against “open air drug dealing” and in favor of enforcing the law.

Neither the video nor statement from the Democrat referenced her previous position where she advocated redirecting police funds to the African-American community.

“Decades of disinvestment and racially disparate policies have disproportionately hurt our African-American community in SF,” read a tweet from the mayor in 2022.

“Supervisor @ShamannWalton and I will lead the effort to redirect funding from the @SFPD to support the African-American community in the upcoming budget,” she added.

“SF has made substantial progress on police reform and use of force in recent years, but we know there are structural inequities in our city that continue to this day,” she continued in a second tweet.

San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott supported the policy at the time and said that redirecting funds from the police was not the same as the “Defund the Police” movement.

The San Francisco Police Officer’s Association, on the other hand, warned that the redirection of funds might decrease police response time and lead to more crime.

Here’s more about Breed previously defunding the police:

SF Mayor Breed Calls for Redirecting Police Funding to Black

[H/T: Author Michael Shellenberger]

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