The U.S. Justice Department has launched a review of the San Francisco Police Department’s use-of-force policies and practices, saying it came at the request of Mayor Ed Lee and Police Chief Greg Suhr.
The review comes two months after widespread community complaints over the police shooting of Mario Woods, a 26-year-old African-American man, in an incident captured on video.
The review is likely to take two years to complete.
The DOJ pledge an “independent and comprehensive review” of the city’s policing practices, training and policies.
The review will be conducted by the Community Oriented Policing Service (COPS) of the US DOJ.
“In the days and months ahead, we will examine the San Francisco Police Department’s current operational policies, training practices, and accountability systems, and help identify key areas for improvement going forward,” according to a prepared statement by Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
Acting U.S. Attorney Brian Stetch said the major and police chief had jointly requested the review.