Chief Restricts Cops From Making Suspects Sit On Ground Because It's 'Demeaning'

San Francisco police can only order suspects to sit down "as a last resort and only when necessary," the chief said.

San Francisco, CA – The San Francisco police chief has determined that telling suspects to sit on the ground or sidewalk is “demeaning,” and that officers who continue this practice will be violating department policy.

San Francisco Police Chief William Scott recently explained the policy change in a department memo.

According to a department spokesperson, the change is “aligned with 21st century policing, our department values and our commitment to [providing] safety with respect to everyone whom our officers encounter,” KTVU reported.

In the memo, Chief Scott told officers that seating any “detained subject” on the sidewalk or ground “should be avoided.”

He suggested that officers also consider “whether any detained individual should be placed in handcuffs” and if backup officers should be called to assist.

The chief said there would still be some “exceptional” cases where suspects attempt to resist arrest and have to be taken “to the ground,” but noted that they should be secured in a patrol vehicle as soon as possible.

“In order to carry out duties respectfully and professionally, sitting a subject on the ground or sidewalk should be done only as a last resort and only when necessary,” Chief Scott wrote.

Chief Scott also ordered that officers complete an incident report “anytime it is necessary to seat an individual on the ground,” according to the memo.

It was unclear what may have prompted the policy change.

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AC1972
AC1972

Has the chief lost his mind??

RPG156
RPG156

You know what else is demeaning? Working for a department that employs a chief that puts the "feelings" of criminals above the "safety" of cops...

Hunter 001
Hunter 001

I know Mr Victim, the suspect I have in custody has more rights then you. I understand you were robbed, assaulted, hit be this drunk driver, broke into your house and harmed your family, sold drugs to your kid, pointed a firearm at you, stolen you vehicle, put you in the hospital, making funeral arrangements instead of planning you family vacation, but he has more rights then you. By the way will you Mr Victim sit on the curb and wait for me as I have to disregard your needs and ensure the suspect is ok. It would be a dam shame if you hurt one hair on him while fighting for your life.

Shirb148
Shirb148

Instead of not allowing them to sit on the ground, all SF cops should have beanbag chairs for suspects to sit on. Has anyone ever gotten out of a beanbag chair quickly? It's impossible!! The perp will be nice and comfy, which will make the chief happy, and the cops will have 45 minutes notice if the perp tries to run. It's a win/win!!

TJen
TJen

Next step: Taxpayers carry the bill for officers to carry chairs in their trunks. That will be popular.