Justice Department Issues Scathing Report of San Francisco Police Department

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The U.S. Department of Justice has finished a nine-month review of the San Francisco Police Department and found "deficiencies in every operational area assessed" and recommends that the department implement its redrafted rules on use of force. The 400-page report published Wednesday also recommends banning the carotid restraint more commonly known as the "sleeper hold," and banning shooting at moving vehicles -- all items currently being negotiated with the police officer's union - and also recommends the city consider using Tasers. Mayor Ed Lee requested the report from the DOJ's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services in 2015 after the fatal shooting of Mario Woods. We'll discuss the report and get a response from Acting Police Chief Toney Chaplin.

More Information:

Federal Review of SFPD Finds Major Faults in Every Area Assessed (KQED News)

An Assessment of the San Francisco Police Department (Community Oriented Policing Services: U.S. Department of Justice)


Alex Emslie, reporter, KQED News

Toney Chaplin, acting police chief, San Francisco Police Department