Autoridades en la Bahía se reunieron con miembros de la comunidad en un foro para discutir una nueva ley de transparencia policial la que podría ayudar a recuperar la confianza entre la comunidad y los uniformados.
SAN JOSE — Shivaun Nurre — the longtime second-in-command in San Jose’s Office of the Independent Police Auditor — has been appointed to head the law-enforcement watchdog and finish out the term of her predecessor, who resigned this past summeramid heavy pressure from the city and police union. Nurre has worked in the IPA office since 2006, much of that as assistant auditor, and served four stints as interim IPA, most recently after the departure of Aaron Zisser who had been in that role for about a year. The appointment of Nurre by the City Council means she will finish out Zisser’s term that was to run through 2020.
SAN JOSE — Just days after the independent police auditor’s resignation, the city’s police union made a public show of support Monday for the expansion of the civic watchdog’s role.
The union’s latest move comes after its relentless campaign to oust Aaron Zisser, who resigned Thursday, citing in part the intense personal attacks against him. It seems calculated to show — as the union previously insisted — that its issues were with Zisser personally, not with outside scrutiny of police officers’ work.
At a news conference Monday, the San Jose Police Officers’ Association signed off on an expansion of powers for the police auditor, which would provide the auditor new access to internal misconduct complaint investigations and officer-involved shooting probes, as well as aggregate data about use-of-force cases that did not provoke any complaints.
“We are pleased to announce our signing of this historic expansion of civilian oversight of our police department, and look forward to working with our city leaders on implementing these expansions,” union President Paul Kelly said.
SAN JOSE, Calif. --
The San Jose Police Officers Association is submitting a tentative agreement on expanding police oversight to the Mayor and City Council today in response to the city independent police auditor's resignation on Thursday.
POA President Paul Kelly repeatedly called for Aaron Zisser's resignation beginning in June, saying he wouldn't move forward on police reforms or work with the IPA until Zisser was out of office.
SAN JOSE — Citing the intense personal attacks against him, the city’s independent police auditor has resigned, ending a short and tumultuous tenure and raising questions about the future of a vital civic watchdog role.
Aaron Zisser’s departure comes after the police union led a blistering, months-long campaign to oust him, pouncing on a string of missteps that the union insisted showed anti-police bias.
“I am enormously grateful to community leaders and advocates for their consistent and robust support,” Zisser wrote in a news release, citing part of his Thursday resignation letter to the city council. “Unfortunately, the extraordinary personal attacks on my office and my work have become a distraction from the important goals of reform and expanded oversight of the police sought by the public and community groups.”
After months of calls for his resignation and termination, the San Jose Independent Police Auditor resigned from his position Thursday.
In his resignation letter, Aaron Zisser thanked the city of San Jose, said he's proud of the work he had done and that he remains "available and committed to supporting San Jose communities, the steadfast grassroot leaders, City leaders SJPD and the next IPA."
San Jose’s civilian cop monitor has agreed to step down, citing the police union’s “extraordinary personal attacks” on him as a distraction to grassroots reform efforts.
Independent Police Auditor (IPA) Aaron Zisser, a civil rights lawyer hired by a 10-1 City Council vote less than a year ago, tendered his resignation Thursday after a months-long campaign by the San Jose Police Officers’ Association (POA) to remove him from office.
“I am enormously grateful to community leaders and advocates for their consistent and robust support,” Zisser said in his written farewell to the council. “Unfortunately, the extraordinary personal attacks on my office and my work have become a distraction from the important goals of reform and expanded oversight of the police sought by the public and community groups.”
SAN JOSE — During a traffic stop on a suburban street, Assemblyman Evan Low turned to face the suspect, who was a modest distance away and reaching for something in his truck cab. Moments later, the man appeared with a shotgun and began pointing it menacingly.
Low was holding a can of pepper spray. Both unloaded their weapons, and the screen shut down.
Take two: Low had his pistol drawn. He trained it on the backpedaling suspect, and opened fire before the man could get to the cab. The screen shut down again.
This week, the California State Assembly is likely to vote on Senate Bill 10, a bill that we had hoped would bring an end to the unjust money bail system and significantly reduce the number of people incarcerated in California’s jails.
But the final version of SB 10 trades in the exploitative money bail system for a new pretrial regime — one that will lead to more incarceration and entrench racial, gender, and socioeconomic bias in our system. That is why, today, we are calling on legislators to stop SB 10.