San Francisco's acting police chief holds community meeting

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San Francisco's new acting police chief Toney Chaplin called a community meeting in the Bayview District on Monday, just four days after a woman was shot and killed there. (KGO-TV)

San Francisco's new acting police chief Toney Chaplin called a community meeting in the Bayview District on Monday night, just four days after a woman was shot and killed there.

The meeting was by invitation-only, which was the only point of contention for one of the dozens of people in attendance.



A community activist wanted to know why the entire Bayview community wasn't allowed to attend.

"Not just invitation only, privatized conversation that we're having right now," the activist said.

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Chaplin explained, "I'm trying to get a message out to talk to people and get it out without all the noise in the background."

His message was that the San Francisco Police Department is moving forward with new policies to prevent deadly officer-involved shootings.

"One of the things we're going to roll out faster is our procedural justice training and our implicit bias training and explicit bias training, so that we let officers know what's acceptable and what's not acceptable," Chaplin said.

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Last Thursday, a sergeant shot and killed 29-year-old Jessica Williams, the second deadly police shooting in three months. Police say Williams was driving a stolen car when she was shot.

Investigators are still working to determine if she drove toward officers.

"We are still waiting for independent accident reconstruction before we release further information on any vehicle movement," SFPD Investigations Cmdr. Greg McEachern said.

Reaction to the new police chief was mostly positive as community leaders look forward to change.

"I'm hopeful in that I think that our new police chief has a new vision on that," A. Philip Randolph Institute's Jacqueline Flin said.

The chief is planning more meetings.
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