A couple of days, while shopping at Salama Halal (our butcher of choice in the neigborhood), we noticed this sign on the door. It’s for a mobilization happening tomorrow Wednesday October 5th at the San Francisco Police Commission Meeting. It’s organized by the Coalition for a Safe San Francisco to end police racial profiling. So if you’d like to support them, here’s what the poster says:
The San Francisco Police Commission will be discussing the SFPD’s relationship with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) at its upcoming meeting on October 5, 2011. The Coalition for Safe SF is asking organizations and individuals to stand in solidarity with us for a mobilization to demand an immediate vote to end SFPD involvement in FBI racial and religious profiling practices via “opting out” of the existing FBI JTTF MOU contract.
The recently released secret contract between the SFPD and the FBI revealed that SF Police assigned to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force are put under the control & rules of the FBI. This allows SF Police to circumvent local intelligence-gathering policies, police orders and California privacy laws that prevent spying on people without any evidence of a crime. It should be absolutely clear that our officers are in compliance with local and California law.
The FBI’s more permissive guidelines have raised grave civil & human rights concerns & complaints across the country because they could be based on, or lead to illegal & unconstitutional profiling & surveillance. Thousands of innocent individuals are being contacted by the FBI and local police officers assigned to the Joint Terrorism Task Force. These innocent Americans have done nothing wrong. In many cases, the FBI does not have reasonable suspicion of criminal activity. Instead, people are being harassed because of their affiliations and their identities.
Community testimony at a recent SF Human Rights Commission hearing helped document that Arab, Muslim & South Asian community members are indeed facing consistent interrogation, surveillance, harassment, & infiltration by federal law enforcement personnel (including FBI, CBP, and ICE) at homes, places of worship, workplaces & while traveling, due to the guidelines.
The mobilization will be at the:
SF Police Commission Meeting
Wednesday October 5, 2011 at 5:30PM Sharp
San Francisco City Hall,
Room 400 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlet Place
For any questions call: 415.848.7714