Report cites bias by San Francisco police

SAN FRANCISCO The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday released a report outlining deficiencies it found in the embattled San Francisco Police Department, including apparent racial bias in traffic stops, searches and killings.

The DOJ's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services conducted the review.

In a statement, the police department said it was committed to implementing improvements to improve data collection to improve its work.

The review is unlike others the Justice Department has undertaken in the recent past, because San Francisco has already entered into an agreement with Justice to try to remedy the issues brought up by the report.

The independent federal inquiry - carried out by the department's office of community policing - was launched in February following the fatal shooting of Mario Woods, a 26-year-old black man who died in a hail of police bullets last December.

This report comes out at a time when the Police Commission is considering a list of candidates to replace former Chief Greg Suhr, who resigned in May after an officer shot an unarmed black woman who was driving a stolen auto, SF Gate reports. "We must restore trust, and these measures are important steps forward". The proposed changes include modernizing record-keeping around the use of force and outfitting officers with stun guns, as others have previously suggested.

They were also more likely to be searched by police, even though they were less likely to be found with contraband, the report stated.

The report also found the majority of deadly use of force incidents by the department involved persons of color.

"Those disparities are contributing to why the community does not trust the San Francisco Police Department", Davis said.

- Bias also permeated personnel practices.

San Francisco's public defender in April released another batch of racist and homophobic text messages among police. "The Police Commission will continue to work with community members and members of the department as we implement this blueprint for reform together".

San Francisco is only the latest of more than 20 departments who practices have been examined by the Justice Department since 2009, actions that have accelerated since 2014 following the fatal shooting of black teenager by an officer in Ferguson, Mo.

Fatal shootings by officers also nearly always involved minorities; from May 2013 to May 2016, nine of the 11 killed by police were people of color, the Justice Department found.

Suhr said he delayed discipline because he didn't want to interfere with a federal corruption investigation into several officers. "It is unacceptable for officer-involved shooting investigations to remain open for years", the report said. The offensive texts referred to a Latino man using a derogatory term and compared black people to "a pack of wild animals on the loose".

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