The New Year comes with big changes for Sacramento law enforcement but some locals think those changes aren’t big enough. At Tuesday’s city council meeting many raised their voices for and against the new ideas.
The Interim City Manager Howard Chan presented, “Ordinances Amending City Code Relating Office of Public Safety Accountability and Sacramento Community Police Review Commission and Resolutions Adopting the Officer Next Door Framework and City Council Policy on Use of Force”. The proposal that goes into effect June 1 is seen here:
Although the proposal was long and the city council said repeatedly that it was well thought out, many were in opposition. Kevin Carter from the Peace and Freedom Party said it was weak.
“Accountability has to be a must and it has to be a trust that the people receive and that's not what we are receiving," Carter said.
He told us that because his group and others were not pleased with the city’s initiative they decided to draft their own.
“It is based on public policy and initiatives, and public safety for high risk communities, because that's where the scope is right now when it comes to police shootings and accountability," Carter said. "It’s not in suburbs, it’s in Oak Park, it’s in Del Paso Heights, it’s in South Sacramento.”
Despite the overwhelmingly negative response from some of the community, it was all ayes from the city and Mayor Johnson took time to say this is as good as it will get for now.
“We have an opportunity to keep the momentum, as long as you keep holding us accountable and stay engaged. Because I know if we do that we have no choice but to make sure our men and women in uniform are going too held accountable so they feel better about their job and we feel better about community policing," Johnson said.
Clif Roberts, Chair for the local police commission board said it will take a ballot initiative in order to change the city charter and change state law to see the changes the community members expressed at the meeting.
“In order for the police commission to do what a lot of the community members want, subpoena power, other forms of government interaction have to occur," Roberts said.