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Divided county Board of Supervisors votes to support federal police reform bill



The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 Tuesday to endorse a sweeping federal police reform bill known as the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.

The board faced demands to support the legislation in recent weeks, after a former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, was convicted of murder in the May 25 killing of Floyd.

Tuesday’s action, opposed by Supervisors Joel Anderson and Jim Desmond, directs the county’s legislative staff to support the bill. The legislation, which cleared the House of Representatives in March, includes several potential reforms including banning the use of chokeholds and racial profiling.

Board Chairman Nathan Fletcher, who brought forward the item, said Floyd’s killing highlighted racial disparities in policing and a deep distrust in law enforcement among communities of color.

He said the board’s action sends a message that the county believes racial injustice is wrong and reinforces the county’s commitment to rooting out racism. He noted the board declared racism a public health crisis earlier this year.

“Supporting the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act is the right thing for our county to do,” Fletcher said. READ MORE