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Council Hears Pleas For More Police Oversight

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

Pam La Rue and Trina Whitney hold signs in Sacramento City Council chambers. The signs bear the name of a man shot and killed by Sacramento Police officers this year.

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

Four African American groups filled Sacramento City Council chambers Tuesday to present their concerns and demands regarding officer-involved shooting investigations.


Tonya Faison, co-founder of Sacramento Black Lives Matter, says she called on the council to give the city’s police commission real authority - including the power to compel testimony and subpoena documents.

“We want a full, civilian-led commission with no seats for law enforcement. We want a commission that is able to access and review findings on investigations as well as make recommendations or issue discipline,” she said.


City Councilman Allen Warren asked that the police video of the shooting death of Joseph Mann -a mentally-ill Del Paso Heights man- be shown to the council and made public.


“If we have the cameras, why can’t we see the video?” asked Warren. This is the second time he has made the request of the City Attorney, James Sanchez.


Damon Flenaugh’s brother, Dazion, was also killed by police this year.

"When did it happen where law enforcement is not held to a higher standard than the citizens that they are sworn to protect?” Damon Flenaugh asked the council.

Mayor Kevin Johnson promised the council will consider changes to the police commission and will push the department to share information with the families of people killed by officers.


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