A Veteran Cop Talks Race and Policing in San Francisco in 2016

By Max Cherney | Vice.com
May 23, 2016

sfpd racismThe police kil#i*gg of a 27-year-old black woman in San Francisco on Thursday may have been something of a tipping point for local law enforcement. Generating national headlines, the woman’s death while fleeing cops—she was suspected of driving a stolen car, which crashed shortly after police began pursuit—was promptly followed by Mayor Edwin Lee asking for for Police Chief Greg Suhr’s resignation.

The chief called it quits that same day.

The roughly 2,000-strong SFPD has ki*led three people since December, including one homeless man. So it only figures that, like some other big-city police departments in America, it’s facing intense scrutiny from the media and the Justice Department. Not that San Francisco cops haven’t found ways to stick out from the pack: racist and homophobic text messages from 14 officers surfaced amid a federal criminal trial last year, and they’ve continued to plague police-community relations after four more officers were recently implicated in the exchanges.

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