Emmett Shear, Twitch Founder, Supports San Francisco Police Measure
Emmett Shear, founder of video game streaming company Twitch, along with other high-profile individuals, has made large contributions to Proposition E, a ballot measure aimed at expanding the powers of the San Francisco Police Department, new filings with the Ethics Commission reveal.
New Donors and Contributions
Shear, 40, donated $49,000 to the “Committee for a Safer San Francisco 2024,” joining another tech executive, Ripple CEO Chris Larsen, who has given $250,000 as the measure’s biggest donor. Records show that several other new donors also gave significant sums of money to the measure, bringing the total raised to over $664,000.
Proposition E Details
If passed, this initiative from Mayor London Breed would give the police department the ability to chase vehicles more readily, install cameras around the city, and reduce their reporting requirements when they use force. It would also impose time-consuming requirements for the Police Commission when creating new policies for the department. Last month, Larsen, along with other notable figures, became the measure’s first and biggest donors despite some pushback from opposing candidates and constituents.
Proposition E Supporters and Critics
Mayor Breed’s campaign criticized Prop. E opponent Daniel Lurie for piggy-backing on her ballot measure, while Lurie’s supporters cite the measure as a necessary step to tackle the public safety crisis in the city.
Major contributors like Shear have a record of supporting various political campaigns in San Francisco, including those focused on housing, supporting small businesses during the pandemic, and local supervisorial candidate campaigns.
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