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Measure B Author Applauds Proposal To Get Outside Legal Counsel

The San Diego Police Department headquarters is shown in this updated photo.
Milan Kovacevic
The San Diego Police Department headquarters is shown in this updated photo.
The San Diego City Attorney is proposing using outside legal counsel to help draft an updated ordinance that will create the city’s Commission on Police Practices.

The San Diego City Attorney is proposing using outside legal counsel to help draft an updated ordinance that will create the city’s Commission on Police Practices. This announcement comes after City Attorney Mara Elliott's office published a draft ordinance to set up the commission that was met with criticism from advocates and sent back to the drawing board earlier this month.

Advocates opposed the city attorney's draft ordinance for several reasons, among them, that the city attorney also provides legal advice to police officers facing serious misconduct charges.

The overwhelming passage of Measure B last November called for the creation of a commission that would be independent of the police department and oversee police practices.

Andrea St. Julian, the attorney who authored Measure B and founded San Diegans For Justice, joined Midday Edition on Monday to discuss the move and how community members are reacting to the latest change.