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Community leaders call on elected officials to support federal policing legislation



A day after a former Minneapolis police officer was convicted of murder in the killing of George Floyd, community leaders in San Diego called on the City Council and county Board of Supervisors to adopt a resolution in support of a federal police reform bill named after Floyd.

“This is far from over,” said the Rev. Shane Harris, a civil rights activist. “Yesterday was a round in the fight, but the fight is not over.”

Calling on the city and county to pass a resolution in support of the legislation, Harris said local elected officials must be proactive, not reactive, to what he described as an epidemic of police killings.

In response, Board of Supervisors Chairman Nathan Fletcher announced he will ask the board to endorse a letter directing the county’s legislative staff to support the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act at the federal level. The board will vote on the letter — which Fletcher’s staff said would be a stronger step than a resolution — May 4.

“The renewed interest at the federal level in the ‘George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021’ is a positive step in the right direction,” Fletcher said in a statement, adding that the county’s legislative staff has been monitoring the bill. READ MORE