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Justice Department Finds Implicit Bias Against People of Color in New Report

ca_-_san_francisco_policeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A six-month Justice Department investigation of the San Francisco Police Department revealed numerous problems, including an institutional bias against people of color.

The report said, “The deficiencies identified range from outdated use of force policies to inadequate data collection and lack of accountability measures. The assessment team identified disparities in traffic stops, post-stop searches, and use of deadly force against African-Americans. In addition, there are numerous indicators of implicit and institutionalized bias against minority groups,” according to CNN. 

The Justice Department recommended more than 27 change in the police department following an investigation sparked by several officer-involved fatal shootings.

Most of the cases of deadly use of force involved people of color.

“The truth hurts,” said Ronald Davis, director of the Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. ”To be selectively ignorant and pretend nothing is going on around you is ultimately going to be fatal to your organization.”

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee pledged to pledged to respond to the findings.

“The SFPD will accept and implement every single recommendation. We must restore trust, ” Lee said. “We have worked hard to put reforms in place. We did not wait for the DOJ report to become final.”

Other Stories of Interest

FBI to Determine Whether Religious Hatred Motivated Shooting of 3 Muslims

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating the killings of three Muslims to determine whether religious or ethnic hatred motivated the shooting in North Carolina, WCNC-TV reports.

The case remains under investigation by Chapel Hill police.

The bureau said it “opened a parallel preliminary inquiry to determine whether any federal laws were violated.”

So far, officials said there’s no evidence that the killings were fueled by a religious or ethnic hatred.

Chapel Hill police said the killings appear to have been motivated by a dispute over parking at an apartment complex where the suspect and victims lived .

Justice Department to Investigate Extent of Law Enforcement Bias in 5 Cities

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The rash of shootings of unarmed black teens has prompted Attorney General Eric Holder to launch an investigation of law enforcement bias in five not-yet-named cities, the USA Today reports.

Holder said the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO., underscored the importance of an investigation.

To head the study is a team of criminal justice researchers who will make recommendations, Holder said.

The Rev. Al Sharpton welcomed the investigation.

“We must study the culture of policing … and the reason that the community responds the way it does,” Sharpton said in a telephone interview. He added that the Brown and Garner cases and others have “led to an even further erosion” of relations between police and communities already shaken by growing gun violence.

 

FBI Investigation Finds No Laws Were Violated over Extra Scrutiny of Tea Party, Other Conservative Groups

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI’s investigation of the IRS’ extra scrutiny of the Tea Party likely won’t lead to charges, Reuters reports.

Investigators said there was no evidence of bias in the pursuit of the conservative groups to justify charges.

President Obama’s administration has come under attack for give disproportionate attention to political enemies.

The Justice Department declined to comment, but FBI Director James Comey said last week, “It’s an investigation that we’re still working, and that’s an important one for us.”