“Today’s action is a big step in the right direction toward real accountability and transparency,” Council President Georgette Gómez said. “The Council's vote demonstrates our commitment to meaningful public-safety reform. In particular, I want to thank Councilmember Monica Montgomery for her leadership on this critical issue.
“I’m also grateful to Women Occupy San Diego, San Diegans for Justice, the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties, Mid-City CAN, and the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association for their passionate advocacy in moving this proposal forward.”
If passed by voters, the initiative would dissolve the existing Community Review Board on Police Practices and replace it with a commission that would operate independently from the Mayor and the Police Department. The new investigatory body would have full-time legal counsel and subpoena power to compel witness testimony and seek records. Commissioners would be appointed by the City Council.
The initiative would amend language in the San Diego City Charter. See the draft changes here.