Hello fellow community leaders and allies,
In the last couple of weeks (months!) our local San Diego Police Department has been in the media almost every day. Though I work with many of you in a different capacity, today I would like to talk to you about an issue that we have been facing for many years: the issue of police accountability and transparency. For more than a year we, and many allies, have been asking the department to release information on racial and ethnic profiling in traffic stops (and for them to begin compiling data on pedestrian stops). You may remember last year when initial data was released—and it didn’t look good for the SDPD.
The community brought pressure on the San Diego City Council, which contracted with San Diego State University to do an independent, thorough analysis of the race data, and it looked like we were getting closer to getting an answer. The data analysis report was to be presented this upcoming Thursday at the Public Safety & Livable neighborhoods committee. But just two weeks ago, without any discussion or notice, Councilwoman Marti Emerald decided to hold off on releasing the report until June 2016, though SDSU has completed its analysis and was ready to report.
Please join me this upcoming Thursday, Nov. 12, outside of City Hall to demand for this report to be released! We can’t continue to wait any longer for this data to confirm what we know—and experience—as a community. Our community deserves transparency and accountability from this department and deserves to see its concerns about profiling practices addressed by our city leaders. Please join us, see information below. I have also attached here two great reports KPBS has released on this matter. See you next Thursday!
Thursday November 12, 2015
City Hall Plaza (202 C Street, San Diego, CA 92101)
PSLN Committee Meeting
Also if you can, please attend Public Safety & Livable Neighborhoods Committee meeting
12th Floor Committee Meeting Room, City Hall
Where we stand
Gloria Cruz | Organizer