Officially Announcing the Coalition for an INDEPENDENT Citizen’s Review Board on Police Practices in San Diego
In the spirit of Ferguson and the national call to reform police practices, a coalition of Black Student Justice Coalition, Women Occupy – San Diego, United Against Police Terror – San Diego, and others: is calling upon the San Diego City Council for an independent San Diego Citizens Review Board on Police Practices. We have a real chance of getting an independent Community Review Board with subpoena powers.
Reforming the CRB will provide SD with a truly effective Review Board on Police Practices.
Our coalition recommends that the City Counsel adopt the model of the San Diego County Law Enforcement Review Board (CLERB), empowered by the voters in 1990 by passing Proposition A.
Reforms that are essential to the effective functioning of civilian and community oversight of the SDPD include:
1. Independent investigators and subpoena power, as provided to the San Diego County Law Enforcement Review Board by the voters in 1990 (Proposition A).
2. Intake, tracking and review of all complaints filed is done by the CRB rather than by SDPD Internal Affairs, also as modeled by the San Diego County Law Enforcement Review Board approved by the voters in 1990.
3. Change the name from “Citizens Review Board” to “COMMUNITY Review Board”.
4. Have the Members of this Community Review Board on Police Practices appointed by the representatives elected by the 9 City Council Districts – 2 per District.
Plus 1 appointee by the Mayor.
This reform would provide the residents of San Diego County with a consistent civilian review process for law enforcement throughout much of the County, since the CLERB has jurisdiction over the 9 cities that contract with the County Sheriff for law enforcement, as well as the unincorporated County, jails, and probation/parole services.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
We encourage public attendance at these meetings. We call for a big turn out at the Sept. 23 meeting when we present our recommendations to the Committee on Public Safety & Livable Neighborhoods.
August 25, 2015 CRB Open Session location in South Bay to be determined 6:30-8:00 pm
Sept. 23, 2015 Citizens Review Board director Sharmaine Mosely will report to Public Safety Committee on plans to improve/reform the CRB
Sept. 23, 2015 Women Occupy will present power point presentation “Time for a Change” with suggested reforms to give the CRB real oversight of SDPD – activist support requested! 2:00 PM 202 C Street, San Diego, CA 92101- 12th Floor
Join us by signing our petition, liking our Facebook page, getting your organization to endorse this reform & come to community/public meetings. Together we can create real public oversight of the San Diego Police Department.
We are looking for additional organizational endorsers! If you belong to an organization that would like to sign on to our campaign please contact firstname.lastname@example.org We will send you a copy of the endorsement letter and answer any questions you may have.