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San Francisco Police Commission Votes To Expand Use Of Force Policy

San Francisco Examiner-

San Francisco’s Police Commission opened the door to a possible legal battle with the police union late Wednesday night when it voted to expand the use-of-force policy without sending the changes into labor negotiations.

The commission unanimously approved a bulletin to explicitly bar officers from kneeling on a person’s neck following the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd. The bulletin also advises officers against forcing people to sit or lay on the ground.

The vote came after the commission ordered Chief Bill Scott not to send the changes into negotiations with the San Francisco Police Officers Association, a protracted “meet-and-confer” process that has been criticized for diluting policies.

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