Greg Suhr resigns from brief security consultant position with Golden State Warriors

Bay City News
Friday, January 13, 2017
San Francisco Police Department Chief. Greg Suhr is seen in this undated image.
San Francisco Police Department Chief. Greg Suhr is seen in this undated image.

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Former San Francisco police Chief Greg Suhr, who stepped down amid controversy over police shootings last year, briefly had a new job as a security consultant with the Golden State Warriors.

Suhr resigned suddenly after the fatal police shooting of Jessica Williams on May 19. Officers had tried to pull Williams over and she crashed while trying to flee. Sgt. Justin Erb shot her during a confrontation that police have revealed little about.

Already facing calls for his resignation after a series of scandals in the department, including several controversial shootings and revelations of racist text messages between officers, Mayor Ed Lee asked Suhr to resign and appointed Toney Chaplin as interim chief.

Despite those recent controversies, the Warriors said in a statement that they were "happy to have him on board." But, another statement was released by the team Thursday evening saying Suhr and the team had mutually agreed to discontinue his arrangement.

"The last thing I want to do is cause a distraction for the Warriors during this incredibly positive time for the team and organization," said Suhr. "I think this is in the best interest of everyone."

Since Suhr's departure, the San Francisco Police Commission has revised its use of force policy to prohibit officers shooting at moving vehicles, a process that was already underway when Suhr resigned.

Lee recently hired Los Angeles police Deputy Chief Bill Scott as the new permanent chief.