Assembly Member Joe Coto has withdrawn his request for the state legislature to audit the San Jose Police Department for its use-of-force practices.
The news arrived in the form of a dear-colleagues email that was sent out yesterday by Roxanne Miller, the city’s envoy to the state legislature:
GOOD NEWS. .. I’ve just been advised by staff to members of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee that Assembly Member Coto this morning has withdrawn his request for the JLAC to audit San Jose’s Police Department’s use of force. The item will be removed from the February 17 Agenda of JLAC. Note: A request for audit could be renewed later this year as there will be two other meetings of the JLAC to consider audit requests in May/June or in August.
A spokesperson for Alyson Huber, chair of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, today confirmed that Coto has in fact withdrawn his request. Huber has declined to comment on the move at this time.
The news comes while a delegation of council members, including Mayor Chuck Reed, are in Sacramento to discuss impacts of the state budget crisis on San Jose.
Last week, Reed sent Coto and Rep. Paul Fong a sternly worded letter asking them to withdraw their request for the audit. “Your request for an audit implies that there is something seriously wrong with our police force and that we are not capable of dealing with it at the local level,” he wrote, adding “Both implications are wrong.”
The Coto/Reed camps are remaining mum on the subject for now.