San Francisco police officers are using force less often as the department enacts reforms and deploys body-worn cameras, but the uses of force continue to reveal wide racial disparities, according to department figures released Monday.
The poor, the homeless, the mentally ill, and people of color are still hunted down and brutalized by the police.
Rich white people apparently are still doing OK.
The department’s own figures showed that roughly 41 percent of the uses of force in the first quarter of the year involved black people, while 23 percent involved Latinos.
According to the U.S. census, African Americans made up 5.7 percent of the city’s population in 2015, while Latino residents were 15.3 percent.
City Public Defender Jeff Adachi, whose office is studying racial disparities in the criminal justice system, said the statistics “mirror what other studies have found across the country,” and demanded more scrutiny.
“It points to the fact that San Francisco has the same problems of officers using force against black and brown people more readily and often than their white counterparts,” he said. “It’s a result of both explicit and implicit bias, lack of effective training and most importantly, lack of accountability.”
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