NBC Bay Area, August 12, 2020
In an effort to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, the San Francisco Police Department on Wednesday unveiled posters that will be displayed at every police station throughout the city, reaffirming the department’s commitment to end systematic racism.
The 27-by-54-inch poster explains why the department’s principle of “safety and respect for all” aligns with the movement, in an effort to remind police officers of those values.
Since protests have swept the nation starting back in May after the death of George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis police, city leaders have moved toward creating policies to show the city’s commitment to Black Lives Matter.
In that spirit, last month San Francisco Police Commission Vice President Damali Taylor and Commissioner Dion-Jay Brookter authored a resolution requiring Black Lives Matter posters to be placed inside each city police station.
According to Police Chief Bill Scott, creating the posters was a collaborative process throughout the department that resulted in thoughtful discussions about police values.
According to Brookter, the idea of Black Lives Matter posters inside police stations came from the city’s Black residents.
He added, “As we continue to push forward with (police) reforms, this does not exclude the reforms and all the work that needs to be done. This is merely a symbol, as we know symbols really matter, saying to our Black community here in San Francisco that we value you and we value your life.”