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Monday, February 1, 2016

Department of Justice to Investigate San Francisco Police Department

Posted By on Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 10:23 AM

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Last week, District Attorney George Gascón sent a scathing letter to Mayor Ed Lee, accusing the latter of not being committed to police reform, and also calling out police Chief Greg Suhr for not cooperating with Gascón’s blue ribbon investigation panel. And on Friday, the Northern California chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, urging a Department of Justice investigation into the San Francisco Police Department’s pattern of civil rights violations.

Well, the ACLU got its wish.

This afternoon, at a press conference at the Phillip Burton Federal Building on Golden Gate Avenue, Mayor Lee will announce a comprehensive DoJ review of the SFPD’s policies and procedures.

The mayor requested a DoJ review last month, and the Board of Supervisors passed a resolution calling for the same. John Burris, the attorney representing Gwen Woods, the mother of Mario Woods, a 26-year-old African-American man killed by police in December, wrote a letter to the DoJ on Jan. 6 also requesting a federal investigation.

"Of course, the investigation should be without limitations and should allow for a wide open investigation into the circumstances surrounding the shooting and the policies, procedures and training and let the 'chips fall where they may,'” Burris wrote in a statement. "A successful investigation requires cooperation, transparency, and accountability from the police chief and political leaders."

We’ll update this post when more information about the federal probe is available.


 
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