Activists to Document San Antonio Police Abuse

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A coalition of civil rights groups says San Antonio has lost control of abusive police.

Members of the Civil Rights and Human Rights Coalition have announced plans to compile examples of police wrongdoing to submit to the U.S. Department of Justice.

The group says the city doesn't have adequate oversight of abusive police, citing recent allegations about body cavity searches and other examples.

For their part, police officials have maintained that the department's internal controls are effective.

District Attorney Susan Reed says Bexar County juries tend to give police wide latitude when conducting law enforcement, making it hard to prosecute abusive police.

The group's members include the American Civil Liberties Union, the League of United Latin American Citizens and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

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