San Francisco police sued for racial bias after drug arrests

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Five black women and a black man are suing the San Francisco Police Department alleging racial bias, claiming they were targeted for arrest by a department plagued with a culture of racism.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit on their behalf Thursday in a federal court in San Francisco.

The lawsuit alleges that officers targeted black people selling small amounts of drugs while ignoring drug dealers of other races during undercover police buys in the city’s low-income Tenderloin neighborhood.

It alleges the department has a long history of racist behavior, starting with a 2002 ACLU study that found black motorists were more likely to be pulled over than drivers of other races.

City Attorney spokesman John Cote did not immediately respond to email and phone inquiries.

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This story has been corrected to reflect that women are also part of the lawsuit, not just men

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