Charge officers with murder:
In 2012, fourteen police officers exchanged racist and homophobic text messages. In 2016, a second set of racist and homophobic text messages exchanged between three SFPD officers was uncovered. This is upsetting in light of the fact that SFPD recently reported 2,787 instances in which officers have used force since January 1st of this year, 45 percent of which involved Black people. Black people make up less than 6 percent of the city’s population. This is completely unacceptable. We call on the SFPD to implement the key recommendations in the Blue Ribbon Panel’s report.
Dismantle California’s Police Officers Bill of Rights:
Under current California law, the public is not allowed to obtain any information contained in police personnel files, including complaints and documents in the hands of civilian-oversight bodies. Since Copley Press v. San Diego, it has been nearly impossible for the public to learn about repeatedly violent cops, save for the rare cases in which cops are brought to trial or demonstrators put pressure on department spokespeople to release officers’ names. In fact, the seven San Francisco Police Officers who exchanged racist and homophobic text messages in 2012 avoided discipline when the Superior Court of California ruled that the SFPD had failed to pursue discipline within the one-year statute of limitations. The Police Officer’s Bill of Rights makes California one of the most secretive states in the country.
In opposition to two failed bills that would have provided more transparency--SB 1019 (2007) and SB 1286 (2016)--police unions all over California have argued that such transparency would threaten the safety of police officers and their families. On the contrary, the Cato Institute study found that in states where laws favor transparency for police records, there were fewer reported assaults on officers than in states like California with more restrictive laws.
Moreover, keeping this bill intact has directly contributed to numerous civilian deaths in San Francisco by allowing investigations of repeatedly violent SFPD officers to fly under the radar.
Two of Mario Woods’ killers, Nicholas Cuevas and Charles August, shot two men in the back in 2009 and beat a man in the Bayview in 2013. The latter led to a federal civil rights case.
Alex Nieto’s murderer, Officer Nathan Chew, continues to roam the streets unaccountable. On October 14, 2016, he shot and killed a person in a mental crisis.
Both of Amilcar Perez-Lopez’s killers were named in a 2009 federal lawsuit that alleged they beat a man in the head with a baton, causing him to bleed profusely. The complaint also alleged that one of them beat a man unconscious in 2004 while working as a security guard at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel.
Officer Justin Erb, who shot and killed Jessica Williams, had been the subject of several complaints in the past, including one in which he was accused of providing inaccurate information on a search warrant that lead to the arrest of an innocent suspect, the trashing of the young man’s house, and a cop bursting through a door with a gun drawn only to find a father caring for an infant.
Sergeant Nate Steger, one of two officers who shot and killed Luis Gongora Pat as he sat on the sidewalk, was transferred after the shooting to the unit dedicated to overseeing use-of-force reforms. After the SF Examiner reported his transfer, Acting Police Chief Tony Chaplin reassigned him to yet another unit.
Adopt required de-escalation practices:
The San Francisco Police Officers Association has obstructed the passage of crucial reforms to an extremely outdated use of force policy since late June. Despite a unanimous vote by the San Francisco Police Commission in favor of the policy, the SFPOA used the "meet and confer" privilege from their bargaining agreement to delay the policy's passage and then filed a formal complaint to further drag on the process into arbitration.The community calls for the immediate demilitarization of law enforcement and the adoption of 21st century policing standards while alternatives to our current model are explored.
2. The Boycott
As of Tuesday, January 17th we are announcing a full tourism boycott of the City of San Francisco until we feel that our reasonable demands are met. This could last for 381 days, like the Montgomery Bus Boycott. We will boycott the city for as long as it takes change to happen. To be clear, we love San Francisco. It is not our preference to boycott the city we love, but we refuse to continue to accept sustained injustice from our elected officials, with almost complete silence from the many corporations that call the Bay Area home. We must hold our "progressive" cities and leaders accountable for the reputations that they often do not deserve.
On Tuesday, January 24th, we will launch a "Buycott" of businesses in San Francisco and the Bay Area which support our demands for reforms. If your business does not support these humane reforms, it will remain on the boycott list indefinitely. If you support the reforms, we will not only remove your name from the boycott, but we will publicly support and endorse your business to our growing base of supporters in all 50 states and over 50 countries.
If our demands are not met by Thursday, March 9th, we will begin boycotts of the following financial institutions:
Bank of America
First Republic Bank
J.P. Morgan Chase
These banks invest their customers’ money in private prison stocks and loans for the companies constructing the Dakota Access Pipeline. Both the Dakota Access Pipeline and mass incarceration are supported by a militarized police force with no regard for the human and civil rights of black people, people of color, indigenous people, queer and trans* people, undocumented people, and differently-abled people.
Before Trump’s election, the targeted banks held more than 9 million shares in these two corporations. This figure is likely higher given that shares in Core Civic and GEO Group soared 43 percent and 21 percent, respectively, the day after the election.
As of September 30th, Bank of America was the largest shareholder of CoreCivic Inc.
3. How To Boycott These Banks
(STARTING ON THURSDAY, MARCH 9th, 2017)
Open an account at a vetted credit union near you. We will be posting a list of approved credit unions soon.
Schedule a one-time transfer to your new credit union account. Please note transferring your funds may be subject to nominal fees.
Transfer FAQ for Wells Fargo customers (refer to your “Fee and Account Information Schedule”)
Inter-institution transfers for Citibank customers (Free)
Transfers for US Bank
We will be announcing separate transfer plans for business accounts.
We are actively working with other socially aware banks and credit unions to offer easy transfers for the Injustice Boycott.
- FILL OUT THIS FORM once you have taken money from one of our target banks.
- Share a photo on social media: Take a photo at your bank with a #InjusticeBoycottSanFrancisco sign and post it to our Facebook.