Mayor Ed Lee's Stop-and-Frisk Policy Is Giving San Franciscans Something to Protest
But community members here are hoping to put a clamp on the mayor's plan even before its been officially proposed. A group already started a Facebook page to protest Stop and Frisk, and next Tuesday, San Francisco's Black Young Democrats will host a rally on the steps of City Hall at 10 a.m. The group is also circulating its own petition saying "no" to a stop-and-frisk policy in San Francisco.
"This initiative would directly affect young minorities of color, legitimize and legalize racial discrimination and profiling, and set a precedent that damages our constitution," the petition reads. "The Fourth Amendment protects us against unreasonable search and seizures -- however, this policy allows the disregard of 'probable cause.'"
As we previously reported, one look at the data culled from New York and Philadelphia, two cities that currently employ this controversial policing practice, shows that it does very little to get illegal guns off the streets. Fewer than 2 percent of the NYPD frisks uncovered a weapon.