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Racial Justice and Law Enforcement Reforms Supported by Board of Supervisors

06/23/20

The Board of Supervisors today voted to support the entire Racial Justice and Law Enforcement Realignment Policy Package authored by Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and crafted in partnership with respected leaders from the Black community. The three policies will strengthen the Citizen’s Law Enforcement Review Board Authority and Independence,  create an Office of Equity and Racial Justice for the County of San Diego and launch countywide Mobile Crisis Response Teams (MCRT) to allow trained mental health clinicians, not law enforcement, to respond to non-violent service needs. The group released the following statement after the vote: 

“The community called for change, and today’s action is a step forward. Tackling deep seeded issues of systemic and structural racism is not going to be easy and at times it will be uncomfortable, but, we will be a better organization and a better people because of the actions we take to support racial justice and realigning law enforcement. We are thankful for the considerable community input we received to shape these policies and tremendous support that helped ensure their passage. The most important days of this work are in front of us and we look forward to a continued partnership with Black community leaders as we put these policies into practice.” 

Office of Supervisor Nathan Fletcher
Racial Justice Coalition of San Diego
Pillars of the Community
Paving Great Futures
Urban League San Diego County
San Diegans for Justice Coalition
The San Diego Chapter of Black American Political Association of California (BAPAC)