San Francisco, CA – A San Francisco Board of Supervisors member led a crowd in a profanity-laced chant against the local police union during an election party on Tuesday night (video below).
The event was being held in honor of public defender Chesa Boudin, who is vying for the San Francisco District Attorney’s seat, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
At one point during the boisterous gathering, San Francisco Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer took the stage with her middle fingers raised and began yelling “f--k the POA!” video footage showed.
“Hey, so I just got one thing to say, which is ‘f--k the POA,’” Fewer shouted, according to the San Francisco Examiner. “San Francisco, this is what we get when we throw the f--k down. This is the city where we elect a public defender to be our district attorney. What we start here, the nation follows. So, look out.”
People in the crowd chanted along with her, denouncing the nearly 2,000-member San Francisco Police Officer’s Association (POA), the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Footage of the supervisor’s outburst was shared widely on social media.
On Wednesday, POA President Tony Montoya sent a letter to Fewer, demanding that she apologize for her “unhinged attack” on the city’s police force.
Montoya said Fewer’s “hate-filled comments and unstable behavior” were “offensive and unbecoming of an elected official.”
“By leading a public chant of ‘F@%k the POA,’ you stoke anger against our members who already perform a dangerous job every day to protect our residents,” the union president railed. “You show, by example, that it is acceptable to verbally assault officers.”
Montoya accused the supervisor of making police officers’ jobs even more dangerous.
“When you lead a profane verbal attack on the SFPOA, you are in fact attacking San Francisco’s police officers,” he declared. “You should be ashamed, and you owe every hardworking member of the SFPOA an apology.”
The union president suggested that Fewer attend “implicit bias training” in order to help her better understand her own “apparent hatred of police officers.”
“Getting in touch with your feelings about why you hold such disdain for the men and women in uniform working to keep San Franciscans safe is the first step toward healing the pain you have caused,” Montoya wrote. “While we cannot change who you are as a person, we hope that after you are able to reflect on the actual impact of your hate-filled rant, you will temper your behavior in the future.”
Fewer released an open letter to the city’s police force on Wednesday, alleging that her “f--k the POA” chant had been “construed as an insult and an attack.”
She argued that she was specifically targeting the leadership of the POA, and denied having any ill will towards the 2,000 officers who actually make up the union membership.
“I am sorry for any offense that my comments may have caused,” Fewer said, speaking only to the officers.
She then touted her husband’s 35-year law enforcement career, and claimed that she “deeply respect[s]” the duties police officers are tasked with performing.
“I know and understand how difficult the job is,” Fewer wrote. “I apologize if my comments were misinterpreted to be an attack on you, as individual officers.”
The supervisor then doubled-down on her verbal attack of the POA leadership.
“The leadership of the POA…has had a long and sordid history of opposing police reforms, publishing explicitly racist and anti-immigrant rhetoric, and directly threatening their critics, including my colleagues on the Board of Supervisors, myself and my husband, and its own members,” Fewer alleged.
“This organization has and continues to incite fear in our city – contrary to the mission and goals of our own police department,” she added. “there is simply no room for this type of Trumpian bullying and fearmongering in San Francisco politics.”
Fewer also brushed off the vulgar language she used during the election night event.
“Quite frankly, I don’t think it is language that we have not heard before,” she said. “If that language has offended you, the members of the [SFPD], I deeply apologize.”
You can watch video footage of Fewer’s election night antics in the video below: