San Jose, California Broadens Police Reform
A broader net has been cast across the San Jose area pertaining to police misconduct. After the passing of Measure G in this months elections, the Office of Independent Police Auditors now encompasses internal complaints and broadens their ability to collect use of force information. This furthers the cause to divide investigations of misconduct from the overseeing authority of the San Jose Police Department.
Mayor Sam Liccardo and Councilmember Magdalena Carrasco proposed opening negations to begin the process Tuesday. They stressed that although the changes are being made, reforms would be subject to additional police union negotiations, as pertains to their contract with the city. Liccardo is expecting that the unions will not agree to all terms as set forth in his nine-point plan of reform, released earlier this summer, stating, “Negotiators will sit down to try and understand the need and hopefully find common ground. “
Paul Kelly, the San Jose Police Union President stated, “We are open to discussing other reasonable ideas that accomplish some tangible improvements to policing and not just checking a box.” He believes that the union and the department hold the keys to true reform. Kelly cited that in eight of the last arbitrations, the independent council sided with the city on five of them, showing that current systems are working for the greater good of the city and the community as a whole. In addition, over ninety percent of all internal disputes overseen by the independent office are ruled in agreement with actions taken by the Police Department.