Locals call for more transparency from Sacramento police

Many within the city limits say the Sacramento Police Department needs to change its ways. (Oct. 10, 2016)

A group of Sacramentans want more transparency within the Sacramento Police Department. 

However, the definition of transparency varies depending on who you ask.

"Transparency means coming out with whatever information is at hand," said Cara Dwyer, Sacramento resident.

"It means it's not them versus us," said Elika Bernard, Sacramento resident and Sacramento Area Congregations Together member. "It means we know what's going on."

Several people we talked with say transparency is a big issue even though city council will address a policy for police use of force this week.

Many are still concerned over the shooting death of Joseph Mann this summer.

For Richard Owen with the Law Enforcement Accountability Directive, transparency means something different.

"Transparency is having a police commission that is truly accountable that has investigative power that has the ability to set policy," Owen said.

The Sacramento Police Commission was created to analyze policies about a year ago.

However, it's still working on its role while also looking at how the police department can be more transparent.

"I think all of us both community officials and law enforcement are working together to figure out what does that feel and look like at this moment," said Les Simmons, Sacramento Police Commission.

(© 2016 KXTV)


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