The San Francisco Police Department has disproportionately targeted and used force against minorities, namely African Americans and Hispanics, an inquiry by the US Justice Department finds out.
According to a review released by the Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services on Wednesday, there are “numerous indicators of implicit and institutionalized bias against minority groups,” by the California city’s police forces.
“This is going to take some time, and it’s going to require a significant amount of focus and resources,” Ronald Davis, the Justice Department’s director of Community Oriented Policing Services, was quoted as saying by The Washington Post.
The use of excessive force by law enforcement has become the focus of national debate in America, particularly over high-profile killings of African-Americans by mainly white officers during the last several years.
US police killed over 1,150 people in 2015, with the largest police departments disproportionately killing at least 321 African-Americans.
Wednesday’s review, on the other hand, hailed the department for being “open, cooperative, and willing to make changes.”
The San Francisco Police Department released a statement subsequently, vowing to make reforms based on the Justice Department’s recommendations.
Outraged by the recent shooting deaths of unarmed black individuals at the hands of white police officers, Black Lives Matter activists have demanded justice and urged government officials to help end discrimination against racial minorities.