Supe may ‘reload’ foot patrol measure 

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi didn’t sound too happy about “the characterization” that he was “backing down” on the foot patrol issue. Mirkarimi had withdrawn his June ballot measure – that if approved by voters would have required police to walk regular foot beats and patrol crime-plagued Muni lines -- amid concerns from Police Chief George Gascon and Mayor Gavin Newsom.

Mirkarimi said Tuesday his withdrawal of the measure for the June ballot was in an effort to strike “the most conciliatory tone that I think I could in trying to advance the discussion that so many of us have worked hard on over the last few years and that is how we can help improve upon community policing and strategies of community policy, foot and beat patrols.”

Mirkarimi said that he had proposed the measure because during the past couple of years progress around community policing and foot patrols “has either been stalled or has been revered. Evidence was more than telling that this was something that we need to weigh in on, whether we do so legislatively or whether we do so by putting something before the voters.”

On Tuesday, Mirkarimi requested a hearing on foot beat patrols. “I am not going to stand by on the sidelines,” he said. “I will continue to see what improvements are made over the next few months. If I have to reload I will reload and put this back on the November ballot."

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