Police Practices

Protecting public safety doesn't mean sacrificing civil liberties


Racial profiling, selective enforcement must end.

Good police practices, thorough training, carefully crafted policies, and appropriate allocation of resources in law enforcement can ensure public safety and prevent abuses in encounters between police and other law enforcement officers and the public.

Unfortunately, across the nation and here in San Diego and Imperial counties, patterns of racial profiling, the selective enforcement of laws against people of color, and disturbing traffic- and pedestrian-stop policies have resulted in a disproportionate effect on communities of color and poorer communities.

SB443 signed by Governor Jerry Brown
Police Practices

California is Reining in Policing for Profit

by Mica Doctoroff & Kanya BennettPublished originally September 20, 2016.UPDATE: As of January 2017, new protections against policing for profit have taken effect in California. Thanks to a huge coalition... Read More


SDACLU Applauds Study Recommendations To Address Biased Policing

SAN DIEGO, CA – Norma Chavez-Peterson, Executive Director of the San Diego ACLU delivered the following statement regarding the final SDSU Study of SDPD Traffic Stop data during the 2pm meeting of the Public Safety... Read More

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SDACLU Executive Director’s Statement on SDSU Study of SDPD Stop Data

San Diego, CA – Below is the written testimony presented by San Diego ACLU Executive Director Norma Chavez-Peterson to the Public Safety & Livable Neighborhoods Committee today, October 26, 2016.   This... Read More

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The Path to Police Transparency

Release of SDPD traffic stop data analysis as promised is imperative for police transparency, accountability and public trust, says San Diego ACLU. SAN DIEGO, CA – In February 2015, the City of San Diego commissioned... Read More

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SDACLU Statement Regarding Police Apology For ‘Historical Mistreatment of Communities of Color’

Sixteen thousand members of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) were at the San Diego Convention Center this past October 15 – 18 for their annual conference.  In an extraordinary statement... Read More