Citing Racial Bias, San Francisco Will End Mug Shots Release

San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott said the department will no longer release booking photos of suspects to the media or allow officers to post them online.

  • Published 1 July 2020
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police will stop making public the mug shots of people who have been arrested unless they pose a threat to the public, as part of an effort to stop perpetuating racial stereotypes, the city’s police chief announced. San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott said the department will no longer release booking photos of suspects to the media or allow officers to post them online. The policy takes effect on…

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