Organizers who worked for years to pass police oversight are optimistic that it will start the process of reforming one of the more violent police departments in the country.
The Vallejo Sun spoke with several members of Common Ground, a non-partisan group of religious and non-profit organizations in Solano and Napa counties, about their thoughts on the ordinance aimed at holding accountable a police department which has killed 19 people since 2010.
“When you listen to the residents, you hear people say they started this process 20 years ago,” said Renee Sykes, a member of Common Ground. “If you look at 20 years ago, and if you look at now, we now have something in writing, we have something concrete.”
....The city council is expected to officially establish the three-prong oversight approach, including outside investigations of serious police incidents, a Community Police Oversight Accountability Commission, and a police auditor.
Common Ground Optimistic about Vallejo Police Oversight Model, Vallejo Sun
Vallejo City Council Officially Passes Police Oversight Model, Times-Herald
Vallejo Police Oversight Model Expected to be Adopted Tuesday Night, Times-Herald
Vallejo City Council Votes to Introduce Police Oversight Ordinance, Times-Herald
Common Ground ‘Pleased’ With Police Oversight Draft Ordinance, but Lists Number of Omissions, Times-Herald