Policing the police
Copyright 2006 The Chronicle Publishing Co.
About 100 officers on the 2,100-member force are responsible for a quarter of the reported excessive force used in police work. It's a number that proves the department hasn't done enough to identify and remove trouble-prone cops.
The San Francisco Police Department says the package is only a draft, and adds that several other cities include a police labor representative in reviews. Also, several commissioners promise to strengthen the plan before putting it in place.
Let's hope so [says the San Francisco Chronicle]. San Francisco needs a well-managed police force that meets the highest standards. In this case, it means mustering out officers who repeatedly use excessive force and letting the others do their vital work.
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