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Council Takes Up Police Review Board Reform Measure

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San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman talks about a federal investigation of the San Diego Police Department as Mayor Kevin Faulconer stands beside her on March 24, 2014.

Council Takes Up Police Review Board Reform Measure


Marti Emerald, councilwoman, San Diego


The San Diego City Council on Monday will vote on whether to put reforms to the Citizens Review Board on Police Practices on the November ballot. The measure would change its name to the Community Review Board and give the board power to review all in-custody deaths and officer-involved shootings.

The activists who first proposed the measure, however, criticized the final version in a City Council hearing last month, saying the board would still lack subpoena power and board members should be appointed by the council, not the mayor.

Councilwoman Marti Emerald, who wants the measure on the November ballot, said it was a "baby step" and the council could work on more reforms in the future.

Emerald joins KPBS Midday Edition on Monday to discuss the upcoming vote and how the new board could improve police-community relations.


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