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.

Police Practices

Bill to Address Secret and Unregulated Use of Jailhouse Informants Passes Out of Committee

SACRAMENTO-- Today, a bill to close a significant loophole in existing law regarding jailhouse informants passed unanimously out of the Assembly Public Safety Committee. Assembly Bill 359, by Assemblymember Reginald... Read More

Police Practices

ACLU Criticizes City Council’s ‘Inexcusable Failure’ to Adopt Recommendations Addressing Biased Policing In Independent Study of SDPD Data

ACLU Statement 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 in their... Read More

Police Practices

ACLU of San Diego Demands Action on SDSU Racial Profiling Study Findings

ACLU Statement by Norma Chavez-Peterson Executive Director ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties To the City Council Regarding SDSU Study of SDPD Traffic Stop Data: (presented to the City Council by Christie... Read More

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