Breed also noted that former 49ers players have supported the idea of keeping McDonald off the field while Santa Clara County law enforcement officials investigate the case. And she mentions that when San Francisco city employees face serious criminal charges related to their jobs, it's standard operating procedure to put them on paid administrative leave.
The resolution comes a day after the issue of domestic violence committed by NFL players leaped again into national headlines with the disclosure of a video showing Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching and knocking out his fiancee in a New Jersey hotel elevator.
Rice reached a plea agreement in that February incident that allowed him to avoid trial on aggravated assault charges. NFL Commission Roger Goodell later suspended Rice for two games.
The leniency of that penalty prompted outrage from domestic violence survivors and their supporters and from many voices in the media. On Aug. 28, three days before McDonald's arrest, Goodell admitted "I didn't get it right" in the Rice case and announced a new disciplinary policy, summarized this way by The New York Times:
... Any N.F.L. employee — not only a player — who is found to have engaged in assault, battery, domestic violence or sexual assault that involved physical force will be suspended without pay for six games for a first offense. Second-time offenders will be banished from the league for at least one year.
Goodell said that second-time offenders could petition to be reinstated after one year, but that “there will be no presumption or assurance that the petition will be granted.”
The Ravens immediately terminated Rice's contract after the entertainment news site TMZ.com published the knockout video Monday. The NFL followed suit by suspending Rice from the league indefinitely. Now, Goodell is facing questions about why the league never obtained the videotape during its investigation into the incident.
Here's the full text of Breed's resolution: