An outspoken member of the Police Commission said Wednesday night she is drafting a resolution to support Sheriff Michael Hennessey in his attempt to opt out of a controversial database of fingerprints that has riled immigrant advocates.
The announcement was the latest from Petra DeJesus, who in the last few months has chastised police Chief George Gascon and made the opening of a marijuana dispensary in the Sunset District the short-handed commission’s top priority.
But what does a resolution involving fingerprinting prisoners have to do with the Police Department?
The Sheriff’s Department fingerprints new jail inmates. Any illegal immigrants suspected of a felony or certain drug crimes are reported to Immigration and Customs Enforcement at this stage.
Then, the jail sends the fingerprint information to the Police Department where the person’s identity and criminal records are crosschecked, according to assistant police Chief Jeff Godown.
“We then send those prints to the DOJ, who then send it to the FBI,” Godown said. “That’s it.”