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Committee Agrees To Re-Do Police Oversight Ordinance After Community Backlash

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.

After strong opposition from critics, a San Diego City Council committee has agreed to make changes in its first try at setting up the rules and regulations for the new Commission on Police Practices.

The commission was established by voters who overwhelmingly approved Measure B last fall.

It replaces the Community Review Board on Police Practices by giving the new police oversight group subpoena power and independent investigative authority to review police shootings and in-custody deaths.

However, the draft ordinance released by the city council earlier this week, was criticized for containing loopholes and red flags that critics say could water down the authority of the new commission.

Kelly Davis, who reported the story for the Voice of San Diego, joined Midday Edition on Friday with more on the story.

Following strong outcry over a number of loopholes and potential red flags, The City Council’s Public Safety & Land Use Committee has a agreed to send it's new ordinance on Police practices back to the drawing board.