Roadmap to Reform: Strengthening the Accountability Mechanisms of the San Francisco Police Department

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The recent indictments of high-ranking officers in the San Francisco Police Department have brought into the spotlight both the Department as a whole and the mechanisms that exist for holding police accountable for misconduct.

The media, elected officials, and members of the public have not only focused on the merits of the charges against the individual officers involved, but have begun to examine all aspects of how the Department deals with police misconduct cases. What has been uncovered is a series of breakdowns in the accountability mechanisms.

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