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SF's Acting Police Chief Hosts Invite-Only Meeting

Acting San Francisco police Chief Toney Chaplin hosted an invitation-only meeting Monday in the Bayview neighborhood, one of many he intends to hold throughout the city, he says.

The discussion centered on police reforms and last week's fatal officer-involved shooting that left a young African-American woman dead.

While some are happy to see the new chief reaching out and are listening to what he has to say, others are still holding out their trust after three fatal police shootings in six months.

"I feel like a lot of young people feel targeted," said resident Jacqueline Flin.

While the latest shooting is still under investigation, Chaplin says he's focused on use-of-force reforms. He says the department is also making it harder to get hired.

"We are now vetting them harder than before," he said. "As (former Chief Greg) Suhr used to say, most of the officers involved in the racist texts scandal would not have been hired."

Suhr resigned last week and was replaced by Chaplin.

Most residents seem willing to work with Chaplin, though Phelicia Jones of the Justice for Mario Woods Coalition wondered how an invite-only meeting might be perceived.

"Where is the community?" she asked.

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