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San Francisco Minority Arrests: Study Shows City Drastically Underreports Latinos, Asians

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This article comes to us courtesy of The Bay Citizen.

By Shoshana Walter

The San Francisco Police Department has underreported the arrest rates of the city's two largest minority groups for years, misclassifying Latino arrestees as "white" and Asian arrestees as "other," The Bay Citizen has learned.

The state has been publishing the erroneous statistics in a report called "Crime in California" since at least 1999, when the state Department of Justice first began posting the data online.

Because of the misclassifications, the department and federal and state officials have no accurate record of how often minorities are arrested in the city, creating skewed statistics and leading to widespread concern among local civil rights groups.

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