New police Chief Greg Suhr elaborated Wednesday on his hope to equip police officers with video cameras in the wake of the most recent allegations of illegal searches, falsified police reports and thefts by plainclothes officers during drug arrests.
“Enough is enough,” Suhr said of his decision. “I need to protect the hardworking men and women of the San Francisco Police Department.” He spoke to reporters prior to joining a panel on police misconduct hosted by Public Defender Jeff Adachi, whose office has released several videos that appeared to contradict the officers’ reports.
Suhr said that initially, budgetary constraints would only allow the purchase of enough cameras to outfit the plainclothes units. He would not say how many officers would receive the units, but estimated the cost at $125 apiece.
“My intention is that they would wear them whenever they enter somebody’s residence,” Suhr said.
Another panel member, Peter Herley, former Tiburon police chief and former president of the California Police Chiefs Association, recommended adopting the cameras, to help ensure both the safety of the public and officers.
“Everybody acts differently,” Herley said. “This is all being recorded.”