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Resource ID: #23006
Subject: Police
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
Date: 2006-12-17



After finding that a young police The Chronicle established a computer database to keep records of use of force by individual police officers, and found "about 100 officers were responsible for a quarter of the force reported by officers in the 2,100-member department in a nine-year period." Another statistic was that African Americans "bore a disproportionate amount of force and arrests despite the fact they made up less than 8 percent of the city's population." The city had to pay more than $5 million in damages in force-related cases over those nine years, yet it seldom disciplined the officers responsible. Also, "police-involved shootings were investigated in an incomplete fashion."

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