Justice Department to review San Francisco police department

On Saturday, dozens of protesters gathered in downtown San Francisco, near the Super Bowl Village, protesting Woods' death as the city prepared to host a weeks-worth of events connected to the upcoming Super Bowl 50 in nearby Santa Clara.

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] began its review the San Francisco police department [official website] on Monday. "The POA disagrees. While a handful of officers engaged in racist and homophobic text messaging - and were condemned for doing so by the [POA] and by me personally - there is no evidence that racism is widespread throughout the department".

Suhr said he delayed disciplining the officers because he didn't want to interfere with a federal corruption investigation into several officers.

"This is a golden opportunity for everyone to take a look at the San Francisco Police Department", Burris said at a news conference earlier this month.

The first was the December 2 shooting of Mario Woods, 26, a black man who was armed and had already stabbed another person when he was confronted by police.

Although the American Civil Liberties Union had asked for a federal investigation into the San Francisco Police Department following the death of Mario Woods, 26, at the hands of police in December, the review will result only in recommendations, not court-enforceable reforms.

Some local law enforcement sources in San Francisco were dismissive of the planned COPS review, saying much more was needed in the wake of the shooting and a texting scandal made public a year ago in which officers sent homophobic and racist messages to one another.

In the videos, a barrage of gunfire reverberates in the Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco as a man, surrounded by a sea of police officers, is shot and killed.

San Francisco's Mayor Edwin Lee wrote to Lynch asking her to open an investigation in the interest of transparency and preserving trust between police and the population. The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was briefly shut down on Martin Luther King Jr.

I will not tolerate hate or bigotry in our community or from my fellow officers. Demonstrators have repeatedly called for Police Chief Greg Suhr's ouster.

The city's Police Commission, a governing body for the police department, will soon offer a draft proposal outlining a new use-of-force policy for the department, according to reports. They said they hope to find ways to help the department bridge the gap between officers and the community.

Mayor Ed Lee, whose second-term inauguration last month was disrupted by chants of "Fire Chief Suhr", sought the review in a January 21 letter to Atty. The department also issued a bulletin requiring officers to file a use-of-force report whenever they point their gun at a person.



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