WE DID IT!!!
Prop H, a dangerous attempt by the police union to drastically loosen existing restrictions on Tasers, was soundly defeated almost 60-40 by SF voters. When the SF Police Officer's Association (POA) put Prop H on the ballot, they had three things in mind: (1) Passing Prop H would be a "cakewalk" because they would frame it as a yes/no on Tasers (i.e., lie); (2) no one would bother with any kind of organized opposition; and (3) they could trick voters and use the ballot and their money to bully SF into increasing police power and reducing oversight and accountability. We. Shut. Them. Down. So, thank you!!! This entire campaign was a tremendous show of people power. For all of our supporters who dropped lit, made calls or texts, donated to our campaign, or just spent a few minutes explaining to a friend or loved one (or stranger) why they should vote no on Prop H - THANK YOU! We could not have handed the POA such a resounding defeat without all of the help we got from all of you. It was truly inspiring to see our community come together to defend our city from this egregious power play. We are so very grateful and appreciative of each and every one of you!
As many of you know, the POA spent almost half a million dollars on this measure. They outspent our campaign almost 10-1! They were defeated by a shoestring campaign and lots of dedicated volunteers that showed that you cannot buy your way into setting policy for a dangerous weapon! However, our campaign is still short a few thousand dollars and we would greatly appreciate any donations to help us bridge the gap. Donate here!
Thank you again, San Francisco, for helping us defeat Prop H!
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San Francisco: Prop H is a dangerous attempt by the police union to drastically loosen existing restrictions on Tasers.
Prop H would undermine important policies by the Police Commission and the Police Chief that require de-escalation before use of force.
If Prop H passes, San Francisco police will be allowed to use a Taser on someone who is unarmed and poses no immediate physical threat, or on someone who says no to a police order due to confusion or mental illness. The Prop H law would also undermine much of the de-escalation training the police department is undergoing. We have to stop this dangerous ballot measure. If it passes, it can only be changed through another expensive election or a four-fifths majority vote by the Board of Supervisors. It's reckless and unprecedented to strip the Chief and Commission of their power to regulate how a dangerous weapon is used by police officers.
Last November, the Police Commission approved Tasers for SFPD and adopted a sensible approach for deploying them. While crisis intervention and de-escalation training for officers continued, the Police Commission used a process called for by the Obama Justice Department to work collaboratively with the SFPD, experts, and community members to come up with a policy on how Tasers should be used in San Francisco. That carefully-crafted policy was finalized and adopted by the Police Commission in March. Even though that policy is supported by Mayor Farrell, Chief Scott, and Officers for Justice (made up primarily of African American SFPD officers), it's opposed by the police union because they want their members to be able to use tasers in non-violent situations where the current policy requires them to try de-escalation tactics first. Now, this well-funded special interest group has publicly threatened to spend at least a half million dollars to convince voters to approve Prop H. Don't be fooled. Vote No on Prop H!