Department of Police Accountability

In SF, investigations of officer-involved shootings abound; delays do too

San Francisco police officers got the call at 11:35 p.m. on Saturday — there was a domestic disturbance, possibly a weapon. They arrived at the Russian Hill apartment to hear Damian Murray threatening his wife and two children with a gun. For three hours, crisis negotiators worked to calm Murray. And then, in quick succession, a gunshot fired from within...

As SFPD reforms continue without DOJ, promises to keep pressure on

Covering the Police is a collaboration with UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Justice has left the building. But, last Tuesday afternoon, Police Chief William Scott tried to reassure the Board of Supervisors that the Justice Department’s exit from SFPD’s reform efforts will make no difference. “The thought process and the desire is to continue, even though the DOJ has...

The Tasers SF proposes buying are backed by few studies

To Rick Smith, the founder and chief executive officer of Axon, which manufactures Tasers, electricity is not something to be feared, but revered. Electricity offers life. Without it, Smith wrote in 2007, “Earth would be nothing but a barren rock in the cosmos.” And Smith has long been determined to prove this point, arguing that equipping law enforcement with the...