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San Diego Commission On Police Practices Proposes Changes To SDPD Protest Policy

Protesters gathered at the San Diego Police Department Headquarters after video surfaced on social media alleging showing a police officer pointing his gun at a young boy during a traffic stop, Wednesday, March 11, 2021.
Matthew Bowler
Protesters gathered at the San Diego Police Department Headquarters after video surfaced on social media alleging showing a police officer pointing his gun at a young boy during a traffic stop, Wednesday, March 11, 2021.
The commission submitted a 19 proposed changes involving SDPD's policy on how officers respond to and interact with protestors.

San Diego’s Commission on Police Practices is recommending 19 changes to the San Diego Police Department’s protest policy. Key issues involve clarification over how SDPD can deem a protest to be an unlawful assembly, as well as proposed changes to the usage of body-camera footage.

Protestors in San Diego have long denounced what they see as a disproportionate response to lawful demonstrations, particularly surrounding numerous protests on racial justice over the past year.

Police officials often cite “unruly behavior” among protesters as the reason the events escalate into violence.

Commission On Police Practices Chair Brandon Hilpert joined Midday Edition on Monday to discuss the recommendations.