Benjamin Kelso thinks parents in minority-dominated areas of San Diego should be aware of the color of clothes their children wear. Their children might draw negative attention from police who think they’re in a gang, he said.
Kelso knows because he’s a police officer. And he knows because in the early 1990s, fellow San Diego police officers pulled him over for wearing blue and driving a blue Cadillac.
Kelso now heads the San Diego Black Police Officers Association and he’s risen to become a detective sergeant in SDPD’s domestic violence unit.
He said police and community race relations have improved since he’s been on the force, but SDPD still has a long way to go. We spoke with Kelso for our investigation into the department’s approach to racial profiling issues.