The Coalition for Justice and Accountability, a citizens group which includes Silicon Valley DeBug’s Raj Jayadev, released a report this afternoon declaring that there is “a significant problem with the SJPD’s use of force and arresting practices.” The report included a survey that focused on various San Jose minority communities.
The coalition, along with the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, as well as a host of community activists, have called on the city to open up the interview process for San Jose’s next chief of police.
But City Manager Debra Figone, citing confidentiality as key to attracting the best man or woman for the job, has decided that she will not release the names of candidates. There will be several community panels in which candidates are vetted.
At yesterday’s council meeting, 21 questions for the candidates were submitted into record — 19 from the council, one supplemental question regarding oversight from Figone and an additional query submitted by Councilman Pete Constant.
A small sampling of the 21 questions include:
No. 6 — What are the key elements of a sound contemporary community policing philosophy?
No. 10 — In a diversity rich community like San Jose, language skills and cultural competency are very important. What experience do you have in this area?
No. 13 — What is your view of racial profiling of community members by police? What are the various dimensions of this issue, including reasons why some people believe is a significant problem in law enforcement, while others believe it is not? What are some “best practices” that you believe are most effective in countering racial profiling, whether it is “real” or “perceived”?
No. 16 — From your perspective, what is courageous leadership and how do you demonstrate this quality?
PDFs of the three memos entered into record regarding the statement of policy and questions can be found below, as well as a PDF of the Coalition for Justice and Accountability’s report.