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Proposed Commission On Police Practices Gains Support

A San Diego police car parked in downtown San Diego, Oct. 24, 2018.

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Above: A San Diego police car parked in downtown San Diego, Oct. 24, 2018.

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer and the San Diego Police Officers Association said this week they're on board with a proposed November ballot measure that would create an independent commission to investigate complaints of police misconduct.

Aired: June 3, 2020 | Transcript

Mayor Kevin Faulconer and the San Diego Police Officers Association said this week that they support a proposed November ballot measure that would create an independent commission to investigate complaints of police misconduct.

The commission would replace the Community Review Board on Police Practices and have more authority than the board. It would also have subpoena powers and its own legal counsel separate from the city attorney.

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Faulconer and the police union's support for the measure come amid growing protests over police violence and calls for greater police accountability across the nation following the death of George Floyd, a black man, in police custody.

The city council must still vote to place the measure on the ballot.

Andrea St Julian, an attorney and co-chair of San Diegans for Justice, the group behind the proposed ballot measure, joined Midday Edition on Wednesday to talk about how the commission could help build trust between law enforcement and the community.

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