A San Francisco ballot measure mandating a civilian layer to police shooting investigations looks to be passing, according to the city's preliminary vote count.
Voters in favor of Proposition D's automatic investigations by the Office of Citizen Complaints -- following any officer-involved shooting resulting in death or serious injury -- outnumbered those opposed 4-1 in early results released by the San Francisco Department of Elections as of 11 p.m. Tuesday night.
"San Francisco has spoken," said the measure's author, Supervisor Malia Cohen. "San Francisco has asked for accountability and transparency, and that’s exactly what they’re going to get."
Until now, the OCC has investigated only when the office received a complaint, a practice that over the past five years resulted in civilian probes of just eight out of 35 SFPD shootings.
"Most people didn’t realize that unless there’s a request, the Office of Citizen Complaints doesn’t investigate an officer-involved shooting," said Board of Supervisors President London Breed. She, along with every other supervisor, supported Prop. D. "I think this is long overdue, and I’m really happy that the voters see that."