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Activists Push For New San Diego Commission On Police Practices

A San Diego Police Department vehicle, December 11, 2010.

Photo by Nathan Rupert / Flickr

Above: A San Diego Police Department vehicle, December 11, 2010.

There is a push to replace San Diego’s Community Review Board on Police Practices with an independent commission. The group Women Occupy San Diego presented a proposed charter amendment to the city’s Rules Committee Wednesday. The citizen-initiated amendment calls for the current review board, which only has advisory powers, to be changed to a commission with the authority to conduct independent investigations into police practices.

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Andrea St. Julian, who is working with Women Occupy San Diego and is President of the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association, said, "the community simply does not trust the current community oversight model for police practices."

Women Occupy San Diego is hoping the proposed ballot measure will restore community trust between police and citizens. They are trying to get the amendment onto the November ballot.

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The Rules Committee will invite the Police Officers Association and Police Chief David Nisleit to its May 16th meeting to get their input before moving forward.

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There is a push to replace San Diego’s Community Review Board on Police Practices with an independent commission.

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