The Story Behind IIB

 

In 2015, San Francisco saw 6 officer-involved shootings
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In 2015, San Francisco ranked 8th in fatal officer-involved shootings of the 60 largest US cities

 

As of 2015, it took an average of 445 days to complete an officer-involved shooting investigation

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In 2016, two separate independent reviews of the San Francisco Police Department were conducted. The first, the Blue Ribbon Panel on Transparency, Accountability, and Fairness in Law Enforcement, was formed by District Attorney Gascón following a text messaging scandal within the police department. Subsequent to the launch of this investigation, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (“COPS”) of the Department of Justice started a separate review. The reviews identified a multitude of police reforms for San Francisco. In addition to these findings, an increase in the occurrences of fatal officer-involved shootings—with six such shootings occurring in San Francisco in 2015 alone—and delays in investigating such incidents also raised concerns with the San Francisco Civil Grand Jury.

After reviewing the findings and evaluating the need for reform around police misconduct and officer-involved shootings, District Attorney Gascón formed the Independent Investigations Bureau (“IIB”).

The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office created IIB in December 2016 to promote law enforcement accountability by conducting independent investigations, and where warranted, criminally prosecuting officers who violate the law.