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Black, white, or indigenous; well-resourced or indigent; San Francisco residents should be free to assemble and protest without fear of police surveillance technology or retribution. That should include Black-led protesters of San Francisco who took to the streets in solidarity and protest, understanding that though George Floyd and Breonna Taylor were not neighbors in the most literal sense, their deaths resulted from police violence and racism experienced across geographic and jurisdictional boundaries. Take Action
end illegal San Francisco Police Department Spying
San Francisco residents may have believed that their protest would be protected from unwarranted government surveillance. Only a year before this year’s record-breaking protests, San Francisco passed a groundbreaking surveillance ordinance establishing a democratic process before the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD), or any City agency, could acquire new surveillance systems or use them in ways that had not been expressly approved by the City’s Board of Supervisors.
But from May 31 to June 7—when over 10,000 people came together in the streets of San Francisco to call for an end to police lawlessness and murder with impunity—the SPFD violated that surveillance ordinance to spy on protesters. EFF uncovered and revealed this unlawful surveillance. Circumventing the Board of Supervisors’ authority …
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