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The Future of Policing in San Diego
San Diegans brainstormed potential changes in policing during the KPBS and National Conflict Resolution Center Community Conversation held virtually on July 13, 2020.
In The News
Amidst new scrutiny of police use of force, especially on people of color, the family of a young Latino man shot to death by a San Diego Sheriff's Deputy three years ago is again asking for justice.
The shooting victim is 25-year-old San Diego resident Leonardo Hurtado Ibarra who officers recognized from a wanted poster, according to a police statement. He is in a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The Memorial Day police killing of George Floyd has led to a call to defund school police, which has already happened in Minneapolis, where Floyd was killed.
An expert said the policy is favorable to police officers because it includes the caveat that de-escalation be used "when safe and reasonable to do so."
Officers are now required to make de-escalation a priority while on patrol, and they must intervene if they witness a fellow officer using excessive force.
The effort to establish a new civilian oversight body has been going on for years. But it took on new urgency after protests following the death of George Floyd.
San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher asked to speed up the creation of a non-law enforcement "Mobile Crisis Response Team" that would respond to nonviolent incidents countywide involving people with behavioral health crises.
While de-escalation is now a buzzword in law enforcement circles in the wake of the George Floyd killing by Minneapolis police, it's been central to the Berkeley Police Department's mission for years.
The San Diego Police Department is now requiring that officers learn de-escalation tactics. But experts and advocates say the overall training regimen still fosters an us vs them mentality.
A KPBS analysis found that when police use force, they’re more likely to shoot if the suspect is a person of color. If the suspect is white, police are more likely to use alternative methods.
An arrest is still an arrest and police have to come in close contact with people to do their jobs. It’s a new level of danger, with the slightest touch meaning they could get sick.