08/17/2009

Calif. police monitoring use of force among officers

By Susan Sward, Lance Williams
San Francisco Chronicle

SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Police Department is doing a better job of intervening with officers who repeatedly resort to force, inducing some to stop routinely using fists, pepper spray and batons when making arrests and confronting people at crime scenes.

But experts believe problems remain with a small group of officers who wield far more force than their peers, The Chronicle found in a review of how the department has used force since the newspaper's 2006 investigative series on the topic.

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