After pleas from the public for action on Monday, the City Council did not seize the opportunity to be a leader in addressing racial profiling.
By Norma Chavez-Peterson, Executive Director / ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties
The majority of the San Diego City Council demonstrated an inexcusable failure in leadership yesterday [February 27] in their decision to accept the 2-year independent study of police traffic stop data, but disregard its recommendations.
The Council had before them the results of an SDSU study, requested by former Councilmember Marti Emerald in 2015 to address community concerns about racial profiling by San Diego Police Department officers, wherein researchers independently examined more than 200,000 records of police traffic stops over two years. Among their findings was clear evidence of racial disparity in what happens after a driver is stopped. [Read more…]