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‘Textgate’ Is the Textbook Example of the Limits of Police Reform

By Joe Eskenazi, Mission Local

Nobody is disputing the cops who sent racist texts committed misconduct. But they stand to never be punished. That’s the law — and that’s how it was designed to work.

Earlier this month, the San Francisco Police Department announced that the state attorney general, and not the federal Department of Justice, would now be overseeing its internal reforms, which is a bit like getting a new sponsor in your 12-step program. Let’s call it “Accountability Anonymous.”

Good thing, too. The Police Department has had an accountability problem for God knows how long and its former sponsor, the Justice Department, fell off the wagon last fall. That’s when Attorney General Jeff Sessions pulled out, saying he wanted to respect “local control and accountability.”

Read the complete story at Mission Local.