Blue Ribbon Panel Finds 'Code of Silence' within SFPD

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San Francisco police need to better train officers to avoid racial bias, according to a report from a blue ribbon commission created by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón. The panel, formed after revelations that officers sent racist and homophobic text messages, blamed a "code of silence" that allows bias to go unreported. The report also found that African Americans are disproportionately  stopped and searched by police in San Francisco. Forum discusses the findings and criticisms of the report.

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Panel Finds SFPD 'Code of Silence,' Outsized Influence of Police Union (KQED News)


Alex Emslie, reporter, KQED News

Anand Subramanian, executive director, Blue Ribbon Panel on Transparency, Accountability, and Fairness in Law Enforcement

Jim Dudley, retired deputy chief of patrol, San Francisco Police Department; lecturer, San Francisco State University

Supervisor Malia Cohen, member, San Francisco Board of Supervisors