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SF supervisors to hold hearings on arrest rate data

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San Francisco Supervisors David Campos and John Avalos have called for hearings on why the police department has underreported the arrest rates for the city's two largest minority groups for years.

Campos and Avalos asked for the hearing after reading a Bay Citizen report last month that found that the department had misclassified Latino arrestees as "white" and Asian arrestees as “other." The state has been publishing the erroneous statistics in a report called "Crime in California" since at least 1999.

"I was very concerned to read what actually is going on – the fact that there has not been accurate reporting of arrests by race and ethnicity," Campos said in an interview. 

"The hearing will be a conversation with the police department to hear directly from them on what the current situation is, why it is that the information has not been corrected and what the possible solution would be," he said.

On Sept. 12, the police department will present some possible solutions to the Police Commission. Last month, police Chief Greg Suhr told the commission that misclassifying Asian and Latino arrestees was "unacceptable."

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