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‘Institutionalized Bias’ Found in SFPD

The Department of Justice found that San Francisco’s troubled police department has “outdated use of force policies,” a “lack of accountability” and “numerous indicators of implicit and institutionalized bias against minority groups,” according to its report released Wednesday.

The findings depict a police force plagued by “significant deficiencies” in many areas, from its record-keeping to how members of San Francisco’s police department treats and interacts with people of color.

Since 2013, of the 11 people killed by San Francisco police, nine were people of color. Just one of those cases has been closed, a concern expressed in the report.

“It is unacceptable for officer-involved shooting investigations to remain open for years,” the report said.

The report found that African-Americans are “disproportionately” stopped during traffic stops and that Black and Hispanic drivers are searched too frequently. The justice department also blamed officials for inadequate reviews of incidents where officers use force.

The department “does not maintain complete and consistent” records of such incidents, the report found.

Click here for the full report.