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To Serve and Protect Killer Cops?
by B. Marsh (subbrian3 [at]
Thursday Aug 9th, 2001 9:33 AM

August 8th, 2001
San Francisco, CA
Justice For Idriss Stelley

Photo: To Serve and Protect Killer Cops? - Prentice Sanders, Assistant Chief of Police, had trouble maintaining his composure during the Police Commission hearing. Activists working to get justice for Idriss Stelley accused Sanders of continuing a cover-up of the police killing of Mr. Stelley.

The Police Commission hearing was again standing-room-only, packed with people working to get justice for Idriss Stelley.
Only three of the five commissioners showed up.
Rumor has it – one of the five resigned yesterday.

Idriss’ family, friends, and others concerned about police brutality, are making at least three demands of the SF Police Commission (As posted inside the police commission hearing room on August 8th, 2001:



1.) Mandatory Police Crisis Intervention (PCI) Training for SFPD Officers!
----1 out of 4 calls to the police is about someone in mental distress.
Over the next two years, (at least) 25% of all SFPD Officers must be appropriately trained to HELP, not KILL, individuals with psychiatric illness.

2.) Stop The Cover-up!
----Release all relevant information to Idriss’ family
- including police reports and names of witnesses!

3.) Launch an Independent Criminal Investigation!
----The Police Commission must call for a REAL investigation by a special prosecutor.


Idriss Stelley, a 23 year old African-American man who suffered from mental
illness for most of his life, was killed by SF cops on June 13th.
Police officers responded to a call from Idriss’ partner Summer Galbreath
requesting a “5150”:
(When a person, as a result of a mental disorder, is a danger to her or himself, a police officer, upon probable cause, may take the person into custody and place her or him in a Mental Health facility for 72-hour treatment and evaluation).
Idriss was killed in a close-to-empty Sony Metreon theatre and “armed” with a tiny - key chain - pocketknife.
Instead of taking the time required to deal with someone suffering an attack of manic depression, instead of backing off and requesting the help of a mental health professional, within several minutes of entering the theatre they had fired over twenty-five shots.

Idriss was killed almost two months ago.
The SFPD continues to delay the release of names - of the officers involved and of witnesses to the killing.
by fuck earl sanders
Sunday Mar 2nd, 2003 12:23 AM
Why isnt shit like this in the chronicle? The murder of an innocent person and this pig covering it up seems more newsworthy than stolen fajitas ...?
by Brian7751
Wednesday Mar 12th, 2003 12:51 AM
Don't you think its racial to ask the chief to step down? I'm ashamed of INDY Media. Stop the racism!! ANSWER

Support the Chief
by fuck uncle toms
Wednesday Mar 12th, 2003 8:19 AM
It's racist NOT to demand justice for Idris.
by sf cop
Saturday Mar 15th, 2003 8:54 PM
you guys dont know what you are saying. fuck all of you and your fucked up demos which are costing the city money, which could be used for other more useful things like teachers...what a bunch of dumbshits you are
by sf cop
(islandgirl_03 [at] Thursday Sep 18th, 2003 10:46 AM
i totally agree... how come when an authority does something wrong, it always gets covered up? why would you want people like that in the power anyways?