San Francisco Police Chief Resigns After Black Woman Is Killed

By Ben Mathis-Lilley |
May 20, 2016

sfpd chief resignsSan Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr resigned on Thursday just hours after a black woman was shot to death by city officers; the 27-year-old woman is the third nonwhite person to be killed by San Francisco police since last December, and officers’ justifications of both previous shootings have been challenged by witnesses and activists. Suhr’s ouster also follows the release of two different archives of racist and homophobic text messages exchanged by members of the force.

The federal Department of Justice is conducting a review of the SFPD that was launched after officers killed Mario Woods in December 2015. (The review is being handled by the DOJ’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and is said to be more “collaborative” than the interventions that justice’s civil-rights division has launched in cities such as Ferguson, Missouri, after controversial police violence cases.)

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