Target: Chief Greg Suhr, San Francisco Police Department
Goal: Applaud decision to drop charges against a public defender attempting to do her job.
A public defender, Jami Tillotson, was arrested in a courthouse for advising her client against cooperating with police under unlawful requests. Tillotson was cited for a misdemeanor after she interrupted a conversation between her client and the police, as the police were taking pictures of her client.
The incident occurred when the lawyer saw the police taking pictures of her client. She immediately intervened and began to inform her client of his rights. A plain clothed police officer responded by handcuffing her and escorting her out of the courthouse.
Jami Tillotson is a respected lawyer from San Francisco, and was only trying to protect her client. She was advising her client that he had the right to refuse any conversations with police, and that they had no right to take his picture without his consent. She was then cited for a misdemeanor for resisting or delaying arrest, and was taken to a holding cell.
The ForceChange.com community made an impact, as the charges against the lawyer have since been dropped. There is still controversy over the arrest, as other lawyers and friends of Tillotson told the Police Commission that they were disappointed in the response to the incident. Chief Greg Suhr responded to the situation by saying that there was reason to arrest her, but is apologetic for any distress Tillotson faced and will not be seeking any criminal charges.
Dear Chief Greg Suhr,
Public defender Jami Tillotson was arrested for attempting to protect and inform her client of his rights. Tillotson was not harming anyone involved, and was demanding that her client be informed of his rights. She was arrested and taken away to a holding cell immediately, and cited for a misdemeanor.
Tillotson is a respected public defender, and was only doing her job. These charges against her were undeserved. Thank you for dropping all charges against her, and protecting her right to act on her client’s behalf.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Tim Sloan