Crime & Justice

Review finds San Francisco police disproportionately targeted minorities

LaJoy Crenshaw, center, holds a picture of Mario Woods during a demonstration outside of city hall, in December 2015.
LaJoy Crenshaw, center, holds a picture of Mario Woods during a demonstration outside of city hall, in December 2015.
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The San Francisco Police Department disproportionately targets people of color, a review by the Justice Department's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services has found.

The 400-plus-page report found among other things:

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.

Following controversial incidents, including the shooting death of Mario Woods and some police officers exchanging racist and homophobic text messages, Mayor Ed Lee and former Police Chief Greg Suhr asked the Justice Department to look into the policing practices of the SFPD.

The report provides 272 recommendations to deal with some of these problems.

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