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

Police Use of Deadly Force (AB 931)

Police departments in California are some of the deadliest in the country. Police in Kern County, for example, have killed more people per capita than in any other county in the U.S. But many of these deaths could have... Read More

Police Practices

Lifting the Veil of Secrecy: Police Misconduct & Use of Force (SB 1421)

Although California is often thought of as a beacon of progressive values, the Golden State is actually one of the most secretive states when it comes to information about police use of force and serious and confirmed... Read More

Police Practices

Police Are Acquiring Surveillance Tech in Secret. A California Bill Would Give the Public a Say

Recent stories about Amazon’s invasive face scanning surveillance technology and Cambridge Analytica’s exploitation of Facebook data have brought the impact of surveillance and data misuse to the fore. But many... Read More

Police Practices

Police Militarization (AB 3131)

Every year, billions of dollars’ worth of funding and military equipment flows from the federal government to state and local police departments. Local police have effectively been stockpiling wartime arsenals, with... Read More

Legislative

California, Say Her Name

By Novella Coleman As stories of state violence against Black men and boys occupy many of the calls for police reform, countless stories of Black women and girls subjected to excessive force and police misconduct... Read More