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Letter to the Editor: Community Review Board on Police Practices

The Amendment is supported by numerous community organizations including the ACLU.
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

On July 11, 2018 at 1 pm, the Rules Committee of the City Council will consider whether or not to support a proposed Charter Amendment that will change the current Community Review Board on Police Practices to an independent Commission on Police Practices.  The current CRB receives complaints about police misconduct which are then investigated by the San Diego Police Department.

The CRB reviews the investigation, including body worn camera, witness statements, documents, etc. and makes their recommendation concerning the complaint. Most community members don’t trust an investigation of law enforcement that is conducted by law enforcement.  We want to have independent investigators who are not part of law enforcement conduct the investigations.

This Amendment provides for that.The Amendment is supported by numerous community organizations including the ACLU, Tom Homann Law Association, Veterans Democratic Club and over 30 more groups.  We are asking community members to attend this meeting at City Hall on July 11 and show your support for this Amendment.

Kate Yavenditti

San Diego