Police Commission to finally discuss “sit-lie” 

With all the talk about a sit-lie ordinance going before the Board of Supervisors, one might wonder why a controversial law that is being pushed by the Police Department hasn’t yet been discussed by the Police Commission.

Well, that all changed during the commission meeting on Wednesday, where there was a lot of discussion about when a potential ordinance will be discussed.

Commissioner Petra DeJesus, who along with Commissioner Vincent Pan didn’t seem all too excited about how a potential law barring people from blocking the sidewalk could affect people’s civil rights, called for a hearing soon on the legislation.

The problem, said commission member Jim Hammer, is that no supervisor has come forward to pitch the idea, so commissioners don’t really know what they’re talking about.

So, in hopes of getting a discussion in before Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi’s hearing on a potential law in March, the commission is taking it to the Castro.

A discussion has been tentatively scheduled for Feb. 24 when the commission has a community meeting in the Castro – only a quick jaunt across Market Street to Haight Street where a rise in “thuggery” has prompted the crackdown.

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