Berkeley Law Helps Uncover the ‘Truth’ in San Francisco Policing


A working paper by the international Human Rights Clinic at the University of California Berkeley School of Law shows San Francisco’s police department historically mired in deep racism and violence.

The report is meant to aid the work of the city’s forthcoming Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation Commission, which is being designed to give voice to victims harmed by decades of racist law enforcement and prosecutorial practices.

The Berkeley report found that, “With each new revelation about the extent and nature of institutional bias, racial coalitions renew calls for structural change, the city promises to study the phenomenon, recommendations are issued, modest reforms are implemented, and the cycle repeats.” The commission and other local reforms intend to break this cycle.

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