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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – Since 2019, there has been a dramatic decrease in deadly police shootings by officers in the San Francisco Police Department.

An agreement between SFPD and the DA’s office that could be responsible for those results is now in jeopardy.

“I want to be very clear. It was working,” Chesa Boudin said.

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SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — San Francisco police have pulled out of an agreement that makes the District Attorney’s office the lead investigator of all police shootings and use-of-force incidents.

The MOU agreement dates back several years and was actually first introduced under then District Attorney George Gascon.

It was renewed with current District Attorney Chesa Boudin just this past July.

“It is a binding agreement that lists, maybe some high level sort of principles. In this particular case, about how the district attorney might investigate an officer-involved shooting or use-of-force complaint,” said Brian Hofer, the executive director of Secure Justice.

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San Francisco Police Chief William Scott announced Wednesday that his department would end an agreement with the district attorney’s office to cooperate on investigations of police shootings and other incidents.

The agreement, which was signed in July, was meant to ensure that police shootings, deaths of people in custody and other uses of force that result in serious injury would be independently investigated.

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In the January 2022 episode of Discussions with DPIC, Contra Costa County, California District Attorney Diana Becton (pictured), speaks with Death Penalty Information Center Executive Director Robert Dunham about the rise in reform prosecutors across the country, the inherent flaws in capital punishment that led her to work alongside other reform prosecutors to end the death penalty, and her efforts as district attorney to bring fairness and equity to the criminal legal system.

Becton is the first woman and first African American to serve as District Attorney in Contra Costa. Prior to becoming District Attorney in 2017, she served for twenty-two years as a judge in the county, where she was elected as the Contra County court’s Presiding Judge. She discusses with Dunham how her lived experiences shape how she sees her role as a District Attorney, the pushback against reform prosecutors who are women of color by those interested in maintaining the status quo, and the larger national movement to change America’s approach to criminal justice.

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