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Council Views Mann Video, Announces Plan Of Action

Sacramento Police Department / Courtesy

This still frame from Sacramento Police car camera video shows Joseph Mann acting erratically as an officer yells at him through a bull horn to comply with officers' instructions.

Sacramento Police Department / Courtesy

The Sacramento City Council has taken action after seeing newly-released police videos of a mentally-ill man with methamphetamine in his system being shot by Sacramento Police officers.

Mayor Kevin Johnson appointed a sub committee of four council members Larry Carr, Rick Jennings, Allen Warren and Eric Guerra.

He asked them to address concerns and suggestions about the police department that were raised by people at last week's council meeting.

"I'm also requesting that the sub committee look at opportunities to go out into our community when appropriate to discuss real policies, to discuss the motions that we have before us, and also take it as opportunity to ask the community what a new chief of police would look like," Johnson said.

Larry Carr will lead the sub committee.

He says he will be in the Bay Area on Friday to research the creation of a Sacramento Police Commission that has the authority to investigate and discipline officers.

"We will also have members of LEAD, ACT and Black Lives Matter there to talk to the Berkeley commissioners to see what they're doing, what limitations they have, how they've improved their system and what their system still needs," Carr said.

Allen Warren asked city staff to create a policy that would release to the public all available videos of a police shooting.

"We have cameras in our police cars, as well as body cameras. And, in this particular case, we have cameras throughout our city. And so, there are cameras that line down Del Paso Boulevard. And so, we have to understand that there's nothing to be gained by holding video," Warren said.

Mayor Johnson called on the sub committee to take up where a police commission committee had left off. The previous committee was reviewing the concept of a special prosecutor of police shootings, but, as the Mayor says, "We didn't do a great job of monitoring."

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