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U.S. Justice Department urges changes in SFPD after fatal shootings

A six-month investigation of the San Francisco Police Department by the U.S. Justice Department, prompted by the killing of Mario Woods and other fatal police shootings, concludes that the department does a poor job of tracking and investigating officers’ use of force, has ineffective antibias training and shields its disciplinary process from public view. “We found a department with concerning deficiencies in every operational area assessed: use of force; bias; community policing practices; accountability measures; and recruitment, hiring and promotion practices,” Ronald Davis, director of the Justice Department Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, wrote in the report’s executive summary.
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