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San Francisco Democratic Board of Supervisors Chairman Shamann Walton, who is black, is accused of using a racial slur against a black cadet as he passed through a security checkpoint at City Hall on the month last.
The San Francisco Chronicle first reported on the allegations on Friday. According to documents obtained by the newspaper, Walton became frustrated that the cadet made him remove his belt to go through the metal detector rather than use a metal detector rod to speed up the process on June 24.
San Francisco Deputy Sheriff Joseph Engler noted what happened in a memo on the advice of the city’s director of human resources, Carol Isen, to document a possible incident in a work environment. hostile. Walton “became very angry” with the cadet, who is African American, and said, “It’s ‘N-words like you looking like me that’s always the problem,’ referring to safety protocols as ” N***’ words several times as he yelled at “the caddy,” according to the June 26 memo Engler wrote and sent to Sheriff Paul Miyamoto and Isen.
Walton himself spoke to Engler about the incident, and the chairman of the supervisory board would not face any official sanction. The case is considered closed.
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According to a second memo reviewed by the newspaper, Walton admitted to using the “N-word” repeatedly against the cadet but explained to Engler, who is white, “how he believed the way he used it could be defended.”
In a text to The Chronicle, Walton claimed the first memo was “more colorful and salacious than what I experienced that day.” “These incidents are clearly contested and seek to vilify me and my character,” he wrote. “I would never expect the sheriff’s department to provide an accurate account of what happened between two black men.”
One of San Francisco’s most powerful elected officials, Walton accused the caddy of abusing and targeting him in retaliation for his successful introduction of legislation in 2020 to increase oversight of the sheriff’s department. The cadet, whose name was redacted in the memos, identified himself in an interview with the Chronicle as Emare Butler.
Butler claimed that Walton also said, “You don’t have to know who I am, I’m going to boo you [sic] a**”, during the incident at the security checkpoint.
“It was embarrassing,” Butler told the newspaper. “You come to work, and you don’t know who his friends are, you don’t know who he has alliances with. I’m just an employee here.”
Walton has been an active voice in speaking out against allegedly racist language and actions by others, and in 2020 introduced the Caren Act (Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies), a reference to the “Karen” slur intended to refer to white women complaining, to make it illegal to dial 911 to make a racist or fabricated report.
Earlier this month, Walton also reportedly demanded the resignation of school board member Ann Hsu over her response to a poll noting what she perceived as “a lack of family support” for marginalized students “especially in the black and brown community”.
“It was hard to hear. I felt like it was really hypocritical,” Butler said, referring to Walton’s remarks about Hsu. “You were perfectly okay scolding me in front of a whole floor of people.”