Ending overpolicing will take broad systemic change, which requires broad community engagement and bold leadership from our elected officials and community leaders.
Last Tuesday, former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty in a court of law for the murder of George Floyd; guilty of all three charges: second degree murder, third degree murder, and second degree manslaughter. This verdict is one small victory, one that holds Derek Chauvin accountable under the lawand may provide some peace to the Floyd family and our Black community, but it is not justice. Justice is George Floyd alive with a future. Justice is ending overpolicing and violence against Black, Indigenous, (and) People of Color (BIPOC) communities. Justice is when Black Lives Matter, every day in America. Our hearts are with the Floyd family and the Black community today, as we pledge to fight on for justice. If you didn’t get chance to read The Center’s full statement, it can be read here.
The Campaign Zero’s Report, which evaluated data on the policing practices of the San Diego Police Department (SDPD), shows clear disparities in the number of times SDPD stops members of the Black, Latino/a/x, LGBTQ, and disabled communities - all of whom are stopped in far greater numbers than the white community, with the intersection of anti-LGBTQ bias and racial bias resulting in the highest search rates for Black and Latino/a/x community members who police perceive to be LGBTQ.
Ending overpolicing will take broad systemic change, which requires broad community engagement and bold leadership from our elected officials and community leaders. The Center is working in coalition to implement change, both from budget and from policy perspectives, but we need your help! We invite you to join us and the Coalition for Police Accountability and Transparency (CPAT) in calling for the City of to pass the Police Accountability Now policy reforms, which will begin to address the overpolicing of BIPOC and LGBTQ communities that SDPD engages in. Additionally, The Center invites you to join us and the Community Budget Alliance in our fight for an equitable budget, which divests from law enforcement and reinvests in community services and resources needed the most.
Based on the Mayor’s draft budget released on April 15th, we have lots of work to do to ensure both efforts are successful; please sign up to become a Center Advocate and learn how you can join these fights. Broad, systemic changes are needed. The Center is committed to this work, knowing we have much to learn and grow, and we invite you to join us in building a San Diego LGBTQ community where Black Lives Matter.