The San Diego Police Department has come a long way since January, when then Chief William Lansdowne told Voice of San Diego and KPBS he wasn’t aware of racial profiling concerns in the community. Now, new police Chief Shelley Zimmerman is hearing them firsthand at a series of town hall meetings, to which Lansdowne had committed before he retired.
About 200 residents attended each of two meetings in southeastern San Diego and City Heights this week. Borrowing a theme from the mayor who appointed her, Zimmerman stressed the need for unity in solving crime in neighborhoods and the department.
“It’s all about working together with our police department – all the communities, one San Diego – to make San Diego, not only the safest city, but one where we have open dialogue with all of our communities,” Zimmerman said.
An open dialogue is what Zimmerman got, with audience members asking for everything from increased traffic patrols and information on recent crimes to details on new and reworked policies to deter racial profiling and officer misconduct.
I went to both meetings. Here are a few takeaways:
Zimmerman won’t say racial profiling is happening.
But she will say the perception that officers stop people on the basis of race is out there and important to address.
We Stand Up for You. Will You Stand Up for Us?
For God's Sake stop race mongering. It is your behavior that draws heat. Learn now, grow up and get a non-skin color accentuated life.
Thank you for this report. I am glad to see the concerns of community members represented. For far too long they have been marginalized and ignored by the Mayor and City Council in their civilian management of the SDPD. THOSE are whom we need to hold accountable for their failure to hold the SDPD accountable to the community it is sworn to serve and protect.
Why isn't the schedule of Town Hall Meetings posted prominently on the SDPD website?
I just spoke with Chief Zimmerman's confidential secretary, Andrea, after being transferred a couple of times upon calling the SDPD general number, trying to find out the schedule for remaining Town Halls on behalf of my organization of women throughout the City of San Diego. She informed me that the next Town Halls have not been finalized yet, and that they usually rely on the Council District office to publicize them. I asked her to convey my strong suggestion that if the SDPD wants to demonstrate that it is serious about having better communication channels with the community, that it make the schedule of these Town Halls very prominent on its own website and in its community outreach. This should be true throughout the City's and City Council's social media, as well. She took my email address in order to advise me of the schedule of Town Halls as they are finalized. But it shouldn't be this hard for taxpayers and the public to find this out.
I have a story that's needs your help! Could you please contact me asap? 619 357=0539 PLEASE HELP US he is innocent. In prison for something he never did! There is proof.
Q: Why'd you pull me over? What's the probable cause?
A: Shut up. Somebody robbed someone somewhere or something like that.
Q: Are you a racist?
A: No, I'm SDPD.
@AzureMatty You seem to have a chip on your shoulder. Cops only need reasonable suspicion or a traffic/equipment violation, not probably cause, to pull you over. If you're a minority and you live in a 90% minority area, guess what, the chances are pretty good the cops will stop minorities.
Maybe the non-minorities who travel in those areas and get stopped should be waving the racist flag?
Mind you, I'm not saying it doesn't happen, but it happens both ways.
@AzureMatty @Tyred Sure I have. I'm white and the racial profiling is done by the black officers, too. I don't know what their motivation is other than that cuz I never get a citation for anything, just a bunch of questions. Until I ask if I'm free to go and if they have a legal detention or if I'm under arrest.
Try it sometime. And there's a lot more humiliating things in the world.
@Martha Sullivan Jake answered your question but why are you asking? Are there reasons to do curfew sweeps? If a lot of problems are caused after 10 PM by kids under 18 in an area, then they should be done wherever those problems exist.
Not doing so is bad policing. Trying to prevent problems by enforcing existing laws on those causing the problems sounds like a good idea.