Tag: SJPD

A San Jose Protest Against Police Violence in Five Acts

On a recent Sunday, people gathered in Downtown San Jose to protest police violence and remember the lives of those lost at the hands of the police. That same day, others were gathering to mourn the lives of police officers killed in the line of duty. This is the experience from one of the protesters present.

SJPD Current Body-Worn Camera Policy Allows Police to Police Themselves

Former San Jose Independent Police Auditor Judge LaDoris Cordell highlights concerns with SJPD's current policies on body-worn cameras that can lead to more distrust and suspicion, loosing the opportunity for accountability from both police and citizens. This piece was written for the publication.

If Phil White Wants to Do What's Right, He Should Retire from the SJPD

In closed session last week, the San Jose City Council decided not to challenge the arbitration process that allowed Phil White to be rehired by San Jose Police Department. White was originally fired from the department after he put out a series of tweets including,"By the way, if anyone feels they can't breathe or their lives matter, I'll be at the movies tonight, off duty, carrying my gun." The references were to the Black Lives Matters movement.

One Year Later, Phillip Watkins Deserved to Live

On the one year anniversary of when 23-year-old Phillip Watkin's life was cut short by two San Jose Police officers, his mother Sharon speaks about that day, the lonely road that follows, and how she is standing together with other families to organize, heal, and stop police brutality.

Motivational Speaker Comes Out on Top After Police Brutality

Motivational speaker and spoken word poet, Nate Howard visited San Jose to give the commencement speech to the Black graduating class at San Jose State in May 2014. That same night he was beaten by San Jose Police and the ordeal has served him in an unimaginable way: a higher calling to help others.

Community Response to New San Jose Police Chief

David Madrid of Block to Block radio interviews Bea Mendez of the Coalition for Justice and Accountability on the recent selection of the new San Jose Police Chief.
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