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San Francisco Police Stop Classifying All Asians As ‘Chinese’

By Amanda Peterson Beadle  

"San Francisco Police Stop Classifying All Asians As ‘Chinese’"

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Up until this month, nearly all Asians were classified as “Chinese” in the San Francisco Police Department’s outdated data entry system because the department only had four choices for noting the race of a person arrested: either white, black, other, or Chinese. After complaints from community leaders, the Bay Citizen reports that police officers started identifying people who are arrested using 18 ethnic categories from the California Department of Justice according to how people who are arrested identify. One local activist told the Bay Citizen that the incorrect data has likely led to a misallocation of city funds to fight crime by making the number of crimes committed by the Chinese American community appear higher, and it is unclear what will happen to the decades of incorrect data.

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