Pro & Cons – Proposition D –June 7, 2016

PROPOSITION D – OFFICE OF CITIZEN COMPLAINTS INVESTIGATIONS

Ordinance

Placed on the ballot by the Board of Supervisors

Requires a simple majority of votes for passage

THE QUESTION:

Should the Office of Citizens Complaints be required to investigate any incident in the City in which a police officer fires a gun and injures or kills someone?

BACKGROUND:

The Office of Citizen Complaints (OCC) is part of the Police Department and is charged with promptly, fairly, and impartially investigating all complaints of misconduct against members of the Police Department. Currently, there is no requirement for the OCC to investigate shootings by members of the police unless a complaint has been issued.

THE PROPOSAL:

This ordinance would make it a requirement for the Office of Citizen Complaints to investigate any incident in which a police officer fired a gun killing or physically injuring someone, even if no complaint has been filed. The Police Department would be required provide the OCC with full cooperation on this investigation.

 

 

A “YES” Vote Means: You want the Office of Citizen Complaints to investigate every incident where a police officer fires a gun resulting in injury or death, even if no complaint has been filed.

 

A “NO” Vote Means: You do not want the Office of Citizen Complaints to investigate every incident where a police officer fires a gun resulting in injury or death, unless a complaint has been filed.

ARGUMENTS IN FAVOR PROP D:

  • Incidents involving shooting by an officer should be met with a high degree of accountability and transparency.
  • In other municipalities where similar accountability was instituted, officer-involved shootings dramatically declined.

ARGUMENTS AGAINST PROP D:

  • This measure does not give the Office of Citizen Complaints authority to prosecute police officers if the investigation finds inappropriate use of their guns and therefore will only create more paperwork for the OCC.
  • This might lead to investigations of accidental shootings.

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