Appointees to Police Oversight Body Lack Reform Chops, Legislators Find

Lydia Chavez

Lydia Chávez. Lola M. Chavez / Mission Local

Last Monday, for seven hours, the Rules Committee of the Board of Supervisors met to grill two of Mayor London Breed’s nominees for the city’s Police Commission, Nancy Tung and Geoffrey Gordon-Creed. The commission acts as an oversight body for the police department. Lydia Chávez, executive editor of Mission Local, covered the meeting and noted that in the current climate of protests against police brutality and advocacy for reform, the supervisors found the candidates inadequately prepared to answer questions about local topics in police reform. The supervisors on this committee voted a motion to their colleagues on the full board, which is slated to vote on whether or not to reject the appointees Tuesday, June 9. The meeting begins at 2 p.m. and this is item 13.

“You did not get the sense of any strength in terms of dealing with the police department. And it’s going to take tremendous strength, and tremendous working together as a commission, and leadership — and one of those people is likely to be in a leadership position on the commission — to make change.”

Lydia Chávez