Supervisor Fletcher Stands with Black Leaders, Advocates & Allies to Unveil Bold Racial Justice and Law Enforcement Realignment Policy Package
Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, standing with trusted leaders from the Black community, announced today three bold policies to create more transparency and start to change the systemic and structural racism that has caused pain and harm to generations of Black people. The Supervisor also launched a petition drive to support this effort.
The Racial Justice and Law Enforcement Realignment Policy Package was developed in partnership with the community to:
- Strengthen the Citizen’s Law Enforcement Review Board (CLERB) Authority and Independence,
- Open an Office of Equity and Racial Justice for the County of San Diego, and
- Launch Mobile Crisis Response Teams (MCRT) that uses clinicians instead of law enforcement for mental health and homeless services.
In just a few short weeks, the policies introduced today were developed with input from Paving Great Futures, ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties, Urban League of San Diego County, the Racial Justice Coalition of San Diego, BAPAC, SD for Justice Coalition, Pillars of the Community, the Black Chamber and Voice of Youth.
“The organizations and activists we worked with have been fighting to save Black lives, and advocating for these changes for a long time. Now is the time for real change," said Supervisor Fletcher. “These proposals are initial steps in a series of system and culture changes that needs to occur for there to be true equity in treatment by law enforcement and other injustices felt by minority populations in our community.”
The other presenters at the press conference held on the steps of the County Administration Center were Buki Domingos, Founder, Racial Justice Coalition of San Diego; Ellen Nash, Chair of the Board, Black American Political Association of California; Khalid Alexander, President, and Founder, Pillars of the Community and Maresa Talbert, Co-chair of San Diegans for Justice.
The Urban League of San Diego also offered words of encouragement for the policies. "The Urban League of San Diego County Supports these reforms brought forward by Supervisor Nathan Fletcher to bring much needed racial justice reform and law enforcement oversight to the people of San Diego," said Al Abdallah, Chief Operating Officer, Urban League of San Diego County.
Breakdown of the Racial Justice and Law Enforcement Realignment Policy Package
Strengthen the Citizen’s Law Enforcement Review Board Authority and Independence
- Increase independence from the County Sheriff
- Authority to investigate use of weapon incidents
- Authority to investigate use of force causing injury
- Authority to investigate use of force at protests
- Community input in the selection of members
- More transparent member selection process
- Increase funding to support investigative powers
- Presentation to Board of Supervisors annually
Start an Office of Equity and Racial Justice for the County of San Diego
- Establish and staff an Office of Equity and Racial Justice
- Involve communities of color in setting policy and budget priorities
- Secure and administer restorative justice programs
- Dismantle systemic barriers that present obstacles based on race
Launch Mobile Crisis Response Teams (MCRT) without Law Enforcement
- Establish and staff countywide Mobile Crisis Response Teams with clinicians
- Create help line for community to request a MCRT
- Launch outreach campaign to educate community about MCRT
- Dedicate $10 million annually in the HHSA budget for countywide MCRT
Call to Action
The Supervisor has also launched a petition drive to urge broad community support for this policy package. It is scheduled for a vote at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, June 23 meeting at 9:00 a.m.
Anyone can complete a petition by visiting www.SupervisorNathanFletcher.com/Petitions