As Shelley Zimmerman takes the helm of the San Diego Police Department, she faces a tall order: Regain community trust amid renewed concern over racial profiling, sexual misconduct and officer discipline.
In southeastern San Diego, patching that trust will take a concerted look at gang policing.
Members of the community addressed Zimmerman and former Chief William Lansdowne about police racial profiling at a January hearing of the City Council’s public safety committee. Some of the department’s biggest offenders, they said, are officers on the street gangs unit.
“The gang suppression team, they roll like a mob,” said Lincoln Park Minister Hugh Muhammad at the hearing.