One of the demands of the protestors is to “defund the police”. We understand the emotion behind that statement and the need for serious change in law enforcement as it currently exists. How that practically plays out is something that is still being discussed by communities across the U.S. including San Francisco. What we do not support is making generalizations about any group of people – including those who wear the uniform of a police officer. They – like us – work, have families, are imperfect, and some identify as LGBTQ. Racism is a systemic issue that requires ongoing work from all of us and affects all of our institutions, including the police. Hot Cookie has worked cooperatively with the police in the Castro and now at our Polk store. Ideally, having police would not be necessary. Unfortunately, there are always those in society that are willing to exploit the most vulnerable. The police are no different. There are those who use their position as a police officer to exploit the most vulnerable to elevate themselves and they should be held accountable.