In this case, numbers DO lie..
San Francisco Police Department Busted For Falsifying Minority Arrest Reports
What has been done in the dark for over a decade at the San Francisco Police Department has come to light. And it isn’t pretty.
The department has long been under investigation for it’s shady shenanigans when it comes to African-Americans and it turns out they have been purposely over-reporting the number of black people arrested or involved with gangs for over a decade.
San Francisco’s police department has been underreporting the number of Latinos and Asian Americans who have been arrested for more than a decade by classifying them as members of other ethnic groups, according to the San Francisco Bay Citizen.
The city’s police counted many Latinos that had been arrested as “white” and many of the Asian-Americans arrestees as “other,” junking up the official stats. The city has been long criticized for racially profiling blacks, and the fake numbers make it appear that the disparity in arrest rates between blacks and whites less stark. The report said that while only six percent of the city’s population was black, African Americans make up 40 percent of all arrests there.
Police officials blamed the misclassification on a decades-old computers system only allows officers to categorize people who arrested as black, white or other.
Albert Samaha of San Francisco Weekly said the dramatic overrepresentation of blacks among the city’s arrestees reflects a similar overrepresentation in the city’s gang stats. The city reported that 59 percent of all gang members there were black, even though blacks made up only 20 percent of gang members throughout the state and no other California country said that blacks made up more than 29 percent of street gangs.
Now this is some shaaaaaady ish if we’ve ever heard of it. SMH.