When it comes to civilian oversight of the police, few cities in the United States enjoy a more stellar reputation than San Francisco. Having just celebrated its 20th anniversary, the Office of Citizen Complaints is among the oldest civilian police watchdog agencies in the nation. In academic and law enforcement circles it is often heralded as a national role model. As an arm of the Police Commission, it possesses -- on paper at least -- an impressive array of powers designed to rein in police abuses, backed by a city charter requirement that the police give it their "full and... More >>>