(Reporting San Diego Exclusive)
Jan. 22, 2015 (San Diego) Mark Jones and two other members of the Black Student Justice Coalition (BSJC) met with Council Member Todd Gloria.
The conversation was fruitful and Gloria’s office said:
“I appreciate the perspective of the Black Student Justice Coalition and believe the request to examine the city’s Citizens Review Board on Police Practices (CRB) is especially worthwhile,” said Councilmember Todd Gloria. “As a member of the Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee, I believe a public hearing to thoroughly assess the CRB would be helpful to ensure it is serving its purposes of providing citizen oversight to policing and building trust between the police and the neighbors they serve and protect.”
Jones told Reporting San Diego “speaking with Gloria was an encouraging experience for myself and the other two members of the BSJC that attended. We felt that he was in tune with the problems we are experiencing and that he genuinely wanted to help.”
These meetings have come in the wake of a demand sheet given to several members of the City Council during the inauguration back in December, after a peaceful protest.
Jones feels that this is “exactly the move we need to get the ball rolling on getting our demands met. It’s shows that the council is at the very least paying attention to their communities call for police accountability.”
These meetings between community leaders and members of Council have been occurring and are bearing fruit. These hearings before the committees are the first step in moving forwards and changing the dynamic. Before any changes are voted by the full city council they first need to be developed by the relevant committees.
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