DOJ finds racial bias in SFPD
Racial bias was discovered in traffic stops, killings, and searches.
The critical 60-page report comes amid an intense debate in the United States over police violence and a resurgence of the civil rights movement, spearheaded by activist group Black Lives Matter, fueled by police killings of unarmed African-Americans across the country over the past two years or so.
The report is the first assessment in the Justice Department’s so-called collaborative review of the department, which launched in February in response to fatal police shootings in the city that sparked angry demonstrations.
The report made 272 recommendations for the department to address issues from institutionalized and implicit racial bias against African-Americans and other minority groups to updated use of force and data collection policies.
“This report makes clear the significant challenges that lie ahead for the police department and the city,” Ronald Davis, director of the Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, said in a statement.