The Police Department may have to overhaul its policies regarding information in officer-related shootings if The City adopts the recommendations of a civilian watchdog agency, the San Francisco Examiner reports. Under the suggested policies, police would be required to offer family members of those shot dead by officers rapid access to information regarding the investigation.
The discussion regarding changes in policy comes as cops face public criticism for not revealing information, such as the names of the officers involved and the details of what preceded the shooting, during investigations. The issue became a flashpoint in The City last month when police killed kidnap suspect Cammerin Boyd, 29, in the Western Addition on May 5. Cops and community members gave starkly different accounts of what led up to the shooting.