San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne requested police body cameras for patrol officers Wednesday and other reforms to deal with community qualms about racial profiling at a City Council committee hearing. More than two dozen primarily minority community members attended the hearing, describing instances where they believed they were profiled and expressing other concerns about the issue.
SDPD’s response to the issue, from both a policy and empathy perspective, continues to become more robust:
Police are developing more policy responses to racial profiling concerns.
Body cameras are Lansdowne’s biggest response yet to addressing racial profiling, and he led the hearing with the request. Lansdowne said traffic stop data collection on profiling didn’t provide definitive answers on profiling. Body cameras, he said, would.
“There’s technology available that answers specifically the questions, individually and collectively to everybody’s satisfaction,” Lansdowne said.