SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is clarifying his comments about a controversial stop-and-frisk policy used to reduce violent crime in other major cities, including New York and Philadelphia.
Lee said in a statement Tuesday that he is not considering a policy that will violate anyone's constitutional rights and result in racial profiling, but he is "willing to move forward with bold ideas that get to results."
Lee told a local newspaper editorial board last month that he wants to consider the stop-and-risk policy to reduce gun violence after a recent spike in homicides led to the city's deadliest month in nearly four years.
Lee's comments on Tuesday came shortly after opponents of a stop and frisk initiative held a noontime rally outside City Hall and delivered a petition of more than 2,000 signatures opposed to the idea.
You can read Ed Lee's entire statement on stop-and-frisk here (pdf).