Live Blog: San Diego City Council Hears From Public Regarding Police Department

San Diego City Council Hears From Public Regarding Police Department Budget

– 4:50 p.m., June 8, 2020

Following another weekend of largely peaceful protests against police brutality, the San Diego City Council heard public comments Monday — both written and telephoned in — from hundreds of residents urging the council to reject a proposed $27 million increase in the budget for the San Diego Police Department.

The majority of callers asked for the police to be defunded, with funds going toward marginalized and vulnerable communities instead. Speakers asked for the money to be used for homeless outreach, mental health services, racial equity commissions and rent-assistance programs, among myriad other ideas.

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Councilwoman Monica Montgomery said she will propose an Office on Race and Equity to address some of the concerns the citizens voiced with policing.

“As elected officials, we must honestly and genuinely address the root causes of the local protests — the inequity in enforcement and the systemic racism that is prevalent in our region,” she said. “From the beginning of my administration, I have championed a holistic approach to reform measures, including economic justice components. This new Office on Race and Equity is another step in the right direction, along with other reform measures.”

For several hours, the number of callers waiting to speak to the council exceeded the phone line’s capacity, with many having to wait before they could even call in to wait in a queue to speak. At 1 p.m., the city’s phone system crashed and the council took a break to get it running again. – City News Service

Attorneys Lead Protest Against Police Brutality, Racism In Downtown San Diego

– 1:38 p.m., Monday, June 8, 2020

A group of attorneys and staff from Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc., led a march downtown Monday afternoon to protest against police brutality and systemic racism.

The march started outside the Federal…

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