Citizens demanding transparency in police shootings – KUSI News – San Diego, CA

http://www.kusi.com/story/30883297/citizens-demanding-transparency-in-police-shootings
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – About a dozen people got together to demand justice for those who they say had their lives stolen at the hands of San Diego Law Enforcement.

The group – which consisted of community activists and lawyers – said it’s asking for transparency and for independent reviews of officer-involved shootings.

“We believe any institution that investigates itself has a built in conflict of interest … This must change,” said Martha Sullivan of Women Occupy San Diego.

The group said they intend to file a ballot proposal Tuesday of a charter amendment to make a citizen review board on police practices truly independent.

Meanwhile the police department released a statement in response to Monday’s gathering:

“The San Diego Police Department is committed to providing the highest quality police services to America’s Finest City.  We respect every person’s first amendment right to freedom of speech and to assemble peacefully to express their views.”

The group said it’s hoping to build community pressure for a release of the full list of names from shooting deaths at the hands of San Diego Law Enforcement.

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