A Department in Denial: The San Francisco Police Department's Failure to Address Racial Profiling

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Racial profiling by law enforcement has long plagued communities of color, yet until recently was virtually ignored by the media, courts, and public officials.

In the last few years, the issue seized the attention of the public as never before, due in no small part to the data first released in New Jersey and Maryland showing extreme racial profiling problems within the state police departments. Since then, some state and local agencies across the country and within California have begun collecting data aimed at determining the extent to which racial profiling occurs within individual police departments.

This report analyzes the first year of data collected by the San Francisco Police Department and the Department's continual failure, despite clear direction from the Police Commission, to adequately address the issue of racial profiling.

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