“I’m absolutely not satisfied that we are where we should be. Again, I beg your indulgence. We’re a department that just got on email last year, onto the web last July.”
San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr, acknowledging that his department has routinely underreported the arrests of Latinos and Asians, the two largest minority groups in the city. Read the original investigation from The Bay Citizen’s Shoshana Walter here. (via californiawatch)
Installed in 1972, the system lists three categories for identifying arrestees by race: blacks, whites and other. Although the department could calculate the numbers manually, officers have been identifying Latinos as “white” and Asians as “other” in the computer system for years.
Seriously? I’m not buying that it was simply a hardware problem.
Edit: read the Bay Citizen’s original report to understand why I don’t buy it.
“The Mission, a neighborhood he represents, was among the hardest hit during the dot-com era when some start-ups set up shop in the city and then folded, though not before raising rents and dislocating longtime residents. Back then, antigentrification posters appeared in the Mission urging people to vandalize luxury cars parked in the area.
It is perhaps a measure of how neighborhoods have been gentrified in the intervening years that few marks of protests have appeared this time. In recent years, areas south of downtown have become increasingly popular among tech workers who live here but work south of here in Silicon Valley. Companies like Google, Apple, Yahoo and Microsoft run private buses that facilitate the reverse commute for their employees.”
Onishi, Norimitsu. “New San Francisco Tech Boom Brings Jobs But Also Worries.” The New York Times. 4 June 2012. Web. 4 June 2012. [source]
San Francisco is officially for sale to tech companies.