Lawman voices discrimination fears 

San Francisco Sheriff Michael Hennessey on Monday announced that a survey of the county jail population shows that more than 60 percent of the prisoners are black.

In a news release, he cited U.S. Census Bureau numbers from 2006 showing that blacks make up 6.7 percent of the population in The City.

"It is puzzling that at a time when San Francisco lost 35 percent of its African-American population, the African-American jail population could increase by 10 percentage points," Hennessey, right, said in the release. "I am concerned that the criminal justice system and the war on drugs, specifically, are ... disproportionately adversely affecting San Francisco’s African-American community."

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