San Francisco Mayor Now Says He Won’t Embrace Stop-and-Frisk

Ed Lee reverses himself after sayiing earlier that the practice would help curb violence such as the recent killings at a Colorado movie theater.

Posted: 08/08/2012 01:23 PM EDT

The mayor of San Francisco has reversed himself on the use of stop-and-frisk policy intended to get weapons out of the hands of people in his city, saying he no longer supports the policy.

Mayor Ed Lee was harshly criticized by civil rights and civil liberties groups in the city, who characterized the practice as one that would create a culture of racial profiling in the city.

In the aftermath of the recent shooting in a Colorado movie theater that left 12 people dead and another 58 wounded, there have been calls by officials of some cities to intensify stop-and-frisk programs. San Francisco’s mayor contended that the shootings in Colorado have made him determined to support stop-and-frisk.

At a press conference, Lee said that San Francisco will employ more traditional strategies such as targeted enforcement and use of crime-tracking software to combat surging gun violence. The city has had 29 firearm homicides so far this year, more than half of those in June and July, police said.

“All the plans we are announcing today may not sound brand new, but they are a reinvigoration of where are hearts are,” Lee said.

The mayor did not disclose why his administration was abandoning stop-and-frisk, and he did not take questions from reporters.


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