Mayor Ed Lee told the press this morning that he is not backing down from implementing some type of stop-and-frisk policy — he just won’t call it that.
“We’ll be utilizing different phrases,” Lee, a former civil rights lawyer, told the Chronicle. “But clearly getting to the guns is the number-one theme.”
Stop and frisk allows police officers to search individuals they deem suspicious, a policy that has been associated with racial profiling. Word that the mayor is considering adopting stop and frisk has triggered an outcry. Last week the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution opposing such a policy.
“There are individuals out there who are not listening, who are not only creating disputes, but they’re ending those disputes with the use of these guns,” Lee said. “We’ve got to get to them. That’s why I’ve been contemplating some kind of authority to put some fear into these kids that they can’t be carrying these guns thinking they can resolve all their problems with them.”