San Diego police advisory board hears from concerned citizens during emergency meeting

published 04.06.2020 06:13

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NAACP San Diego Branch President Francine Maxwell said during Wednesday's meeting that many of the recommendations should be salvaged and repackaged now, when city and police leaders will be more open to change.

The Citizens Advisory Board that met Wednesday is tasked with reviewing San Diego police policies and programs with an aim toward improving the relationship between the department and the communities it serves.

Chelsey Birgisdóttir, a policy associate with the American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego and Imperial Counties, urged the board to advocate for five policy changes for San Diego police, including one the Police Department made Monday: the banning of the carotid restraint.

The Citizens Advisory Board on Police/Community Relations said it will forward to the mayor and police chief dozens of recommendations it heard during an emergency meeting Wednesday night from the community and leaders of organizations committed to racial and social justice and police reform.

The Community Review Board on Police Practices will hold a similar emergency meeting Thursday night, during which the board will discuss a de-escalation policy the group's executive director said it has been working on for about two years.