CCR Letter to San Francisco Mayor Mayor Edwin M. Lee opposing the Implementation of the “Stop-and-Frisk” Policy

In June 2012, Mayor Edwin Lee of San Francisco, California stated that he was considering implementing a "New York City-style" stop and frisk policy.

On August 2, 2012, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) sent a letter to San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee in opposition to the possible implementation of the "Stop-and-Frisk" policy in San Francisco. The letter notes:

The stop-and-frisk policy is of particular to concern to us, as well as most New Yorkers, because of the high number of unconstitutional stops, the racial disparities in its implementation and the harmful human impact on neighborhoods and communities. As a result, we express our strong opposition to any implementation of a stop-and-frisk policy in San Francisco...It is well demonstrated that stop and frisk practices yield both constitutional violations and harmful impacts on communities. Therefore we strongly urge you not to implement a stop and frisk policy in San Francisco.

Click here to read the letter.

After much opposition, including by a local coalition, the Coalition for a Safe San Francisco, the mayor and police chief announced they would not implement such a policy.

Learn more about CCR's stop and frisk advocacy work at


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January 7, 2014