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$12M S.F. POA, Buff Cop & Supe in Bed Together
We need accountability of the San Francisco Police Department and its officers; not glorification of cops with muscles.
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When a civilian is killed by a police officer, there are not well-funded institutions to help the grieving surviving families and circles of friends of the dead. For cops, when they die in the line of duty, their survivors can count on numerous sources for financial support.
Seeing that the San Francisco Police Officers Association is holding a fundraiser on August 18 for their Officer Down Memorial Fund, featuring SFPD officer Chris Kohrs, alias the "Hot Cop of the Castro" because of his buff body, and the District 8 Supervisor, reminded us of the vast gulf of support for civilian and police families.
From corporate media such as the SF Chronicle to blogs like the Castro Biscuit, the SF POA is enjoying tremendous free publicity with no looking beyond the hunk status of Kohr. (Source: http://tinyurl.com/nxya3lg)
We looked at the 2012 IRS 990 filing for the SF POA and learned that it has $12 million in assets, their president Gary Delagnes was compensated $234,000 for his services, they spent $150,000 on political measures and $334,000 for promotional media, and another $569,000 on other public relations expenses. (Source: http://tinyurl.com/m5hz56y)
In other words, there is plenty of money in the SF POA coffers to take care of costs for the Office Down Memorial Fund.
We believe the fundraiser is more about the police officers, who will hope will be off-duty and not getting paid by the city for attending the event, providing good PR for the District 8 incumbent. Ethical concerns should be raised about any political and financial collaboration between a politician who votes on the SFPD's budget and the SF POA.
Let's close this post in remembrance of Alex Nieto, a young Latino male killed in March in Bernal Heights by an SFPD officer, and Mike Brown, a black male teenager fatally shot last weekend in Ferguson, Missouri. We should memorialize cops and civilians.