The Woke Brigade in San Francisco scores yet another victory over The Man, the patriarchy and whoever else we’re supposed to be dunking on these days. The police force in the City by the Bay announced this week that they will no longer be releasing mug shots of people who are arrested to the media and the public. At least in most cases. And why would these pictures of accused criminals be problematic? Because they “perpetuate racial stereotypes,” according to officials responsible for the new policy. Once you finish banging your head against your desk, we’ll move on to a brief summary from the Associated Press.
San Francisco police will stop making public the mug shots of people who have been arrested unless they pose a threat to the public, as part of an effort to stop perpetuating racial stereotypes, the city’s police chief announced Wednesday.
San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott said the department will no longer release booking photos of suspects to the media or allow officers to post them online.
The policy takes effect Wednesday.
Booking photos are taken when someone is arrested. They are often made public whether or not the person is prosecuted for the alleged crime, which undermines the presumption of innocence and helps perpetuate stereotypes.
Those of you with a few licks of common sense left over after the barrage of craziness that 2020 has unleashed in the news are probably asking yourself one question right about now. How do mug shots perpetuate racial stereotypes if the police are releasing all of them? Have the SFPD officials been refusing to put out pictures of white suspects? That seems unlikely in the extreme. Are they implying that Black, Hispanic or Asian suspects look more guilty or something? That doesn’t make sense either.