Re: Racial Profiling/City Council Budget Hearings
Thursday, May 28th, 6:30 PM
Santa Monica City Hall, 1685 Main Street, Santa Monica, 90401
Please join CRJ, the NAACP Santa Monica-Venice Branch, and others today at Santa Monica City Hall to ask the Santa Monica City Council to budget $100,000 in 2016 for police data collection that ddresses racial profiling.
If you can’t testify at City Hall, email the Council to support our request. firstname.lastname@example.org or call 310-393-9975 to leave a message.
Our purpose in requesting this budget expenditure is to work collaboratively with the SMPD to ensure all of our city’s residents feel safe and protected.
The City Council is conducting budget hearings this week, so now is the time for us to speak up and request money to train and implement a police data collection system on stops, searches, tickets, citations and arrests by race and ethnicity in zip codes and/or census tracks.
We want the Santa Monica Police Department to collect this information on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis to serve as both an early warning system, as well as an assessment of existing bias training. Also, we want the information published on the City web site, so the entire community can work together to end racial profiling.
Currently, the SMPD web site publishes information on arrests, but we have been unable to determine the race or ethnicity of those arrested. Nor is there information posted on the race or ethnicity of those involved in stops, searches, tickets, and citations — and no way to see complaints registered about mad-dogging, a practice involving reported police stare-downs of men and women of color walking or driving on city streets.
Our committee’s coordinator submitted a public records request to learn if there had been complaints about discriminatory policing and excessive use of force, but the City Attorney’s office denied release of that information.
Please support our request for $100,000 to train police and implement a data collection system to address complaints about racial profiling.
Thank you for your support.