A San Francisco official is pushing for the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) to become the focus of a documentary series about modern policing as the city struggles with rampant crime.
The measure, which San Francisco District 6 Supervisor and former SFPD communications lead Matt Dorsey introduced on Nov. 15, calls for permitting the department to participate in a documentary series called “Real Streets of San Francisco.”
Dorsey argued that approving the proposal “would be saying yes to an unflinching documentary that will cover SFPD and our city warts and all,” according to The San Francisco Chronicle.
In the liberal city, aggravated assaults, homicides, and larceny thefts have all risen in the past 12 months when compared to the annual average over three years, based on statistics cited by ABC 7.
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San Francisco voters purged reform District Attorney Chesa Boudin from office in a June recall election.
San Francisco’s property crime rate outpaced many major cities, including Philadelphia, Chicago, and New York in 2021, and
Current San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins argued in November that Boudin’s office had “effectively decriminalized drug sales in San Francisco, and quite frankly also drug use.”
ACLU of Northern California Criminal Justice Program Director Yoel Haile called the proposal “unprofessional and disrespectful,” Mission Local reported.
“The very real problems with policing and poverty in San Francisco should not be fodder for reality TV,” Haile told the outlet. “It’s unsettling when the officials we rely on to oversee the police instead act as their PR agents.”
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The company Topspin Content would produce the documentary series.
Oscar-winning documentarian Eddie Barbini co-founded Topspin Content, which produced a documentary about Parkland school shooting survivors called “Parkland: The New Normal,” according to the company’s website.