CHP El Cajon Visits our Meeting

Yesterday, Captain Jason Penner of the El Cajon Area CHP came to speak to our General Membership meeting. He was gracious and accommodating and said many things that are considered the very soundest of police practices.

Asked if there was anything he wished to say to those of you who may have missed the meeting, he said:

The CHP and the CHP in El Cajon is committed to building trust within the communities we serve.

Several of the questions we asked required further research to answer, and Mr Penner was very prompt with his answers, below.

First of all, thanks again for allowing me the time to answer questions at your meeting last night.  I wanted to follow-up with answers to some of the questions I was asked last night to make sure I was giving accurate information.



– Online complaints can be done at the following link.

– To accommodate people who may feel uneasy talking to a uniformed sergeant we can (and normally do) handle complaints over the phone.  They may also file a complaint online.  Online complaints go to CHP headquarters, who then route it to me personally and I assign a sergeant to investigate it.  This would be the best way for someone who is uneasy dealing with a uniformed employee.  If they requested it in the complaint I could also arrange a face-to-face meeting with a sergeant who would be dressed in plain clothes.

Racial Breakdown of the El Cajon Area CHP Uniformed Personnel

– 1 Captain (Caucasian)

– 2 Lieutenants (1 Hispanic 1 Caucasian)

– 10 sergeants (6 Caucasian 4 Hispanic)

– 91 officers (66 Caucasion, 22 Hispanic, 1 Asian, 2 African Americans)

Diversity Training

– We have quarterly diversity training that all uniformed personnel are required to attend

– We all just completed Racial Profiling training that all uniformed personnel are required to attend

Previous Military

– This is a number that I am unable to get accurate numbers on as we don’t log previous employment experience in personnel files.

– To address the concern from the lady that said the military changed her and made her aggressive, we monitor closely use of force incidents.  All use of force is required to be reported to a sergeant, who then generates a report.  I personally review all use of force reports, which includes me watching the Mobil Video Audio Recording System.  I am well aware of the concern of the public over use of force and I closely monitor it to ensure it was within our policy.  Our use of force policy has been accredited through CALEA.

Mental Health

– The CHP created the Mental Illness Response Program which created Crisis Intervention Training

– The objective is to stabilize the crisis and get the consumer to the appropriate resource for care

Civilian Oversight

The CHP has a Citizen’s Advisory Board in Sacramento.  It serves as an advisory body to the Commissioner with the primary purpose of providing objective review and input concerning departmental policies, procedures, training, reporting, and controls to determine consistency with the demands of public safety as well as legal, moral, and public expectations.  Areas of concerns may include, but are not limited to:

– Use of force

– Citizens’ complaint investigations

– Equal Employment Opportunity issues

– Management and supervisory practices

– Personnel practices including selection and hiring procedures

– Public perception/image.


I hope this answers all the questions that I didn’t have complete answers for last night.  If I’m missing any or if anyone has any other questions please just let me know.  And if you’d ever like to have me back to field more questions or if I can help with anything else please just let me know.


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Captain Jason Penner


El Cajon Area CHP

1722 East Main Street

El Cajon, CA  92021

Our Criminal Justice Committee plans to follow up with Captain Penner for a more in-depth conversation and information exchange.

We are very grateful to Captain Penner for his time and eagerness to connect with us.

Elections, ACT-SO, Superior Court, CHP and more…

At tonight’s General Membership Meeting, we have four agenda items:

  • Upcoming branch elections
  • ACT-SO
  • Matter concerning the Superior Court
  • Captain Penner of the El Cajon California Highway Patrol (CHP) will talk briefly about “What the El Cajon California Highway Patrol can do to improve trust with the public” and will answer questions that the membership may have.

See you tonight at 6pm, at the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center, 404 Euclid Ave!

Meet the Criminal Justice Committee!

At the August 16 Executive Committee Meeting, Dr Branch appointed and the Committee confirmed our First Vice President, Mr Clovis Honoré, as (Interim! Interim!) Chair of the branch’s Criminal Justice Committee.  Members who were appointed include:

NAACP First Vice President Clovis Honoré

  • Steve Dorner
  • Ross Naismith
  • Renita Payno
  • Tenace
  • Amy Zamudio

The current focus of the Committee’s work is Police Violence.

The US Supreme Court

On July 9, 2018, President Trump announced that he would nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court to fill the vacancy of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.  After thorough research and evaluation the NAACP opposes his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court now.

In 2005, despite the opposition of the NAACP, Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be a judge on the he U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  On almost every issue imaginable, Judge Kavanaugh has proven us right to have opposed him; in fact, in both his decisions and his dissents, Judge Kavanaugh has proven himself to be even more of a problematic extremist than we anticipated.  On the issue of gun violence protection, health care, workers’ rights, voting rights, affirmative action, and many more that are important to the NAACP, Brett Kavanaugh has proven that he is no friend of the NAACP.

This nomination is too important to rush.  This nomination should only be considered by the Senate elected by the American people in November, 2018, when they are fully aware of the stakes and after the 116th Congress is sworn in. The Court is meant to be an unbiased guardian of rights and liberties of all Americans.  The country desperately needs a fair-minded and independent jurist on the Supreme Court, not a divisive and biased ideologue who will further shake the public’s faith in our nation’s justice system.  The constitutional process for appointing and confirming the next justice must be thoughtful, careful, deliberative, and conducted with well-informed bipartisan support.  The Senate should not consider a nominee until a new Senate is seated next year, after the results of the midterm election are in place.  This will fully allow the American people, those who will be most affected by the confirmation, to truly have a voice in the selection of the nominee. 

 Please call both your Senators and urge them to vote “no” on this confirmation, sand to wait until January, 2019 before making such an important decision. 

 For more information as about the situation, or to find out how to contact your Senators, read the attached Action Alert.


Thank you for all you do,


Watch: NAACP San Diego Joins Calls for DA Recusal from Earl McNeil Investigation

We have joined the community in calling for full release of evidence surrounding the fatal injuries suffered by Mr McNeil while in custody of the National City Police Department.

We join now with the community in calling for the San Diego County DA’s Office to recuse itself from the investigation of the case, as Mr McNeil was intimately involved in the DA’s work.

For more information on events surrounding Mr McNeil’s death and subsequent lack of transparency from the National City Police Department and Government, please see this timeline.

Timeline of Events Regarding the Death of Mr Earl McNeil

We of the NAACP San Diego continue to demand all relevant information and video recordings to be released to the McNeil family.  We are glad to add our voices to those of Ms Tasha Williamson and other community members who are demanding transparency on the part of the National City Government.

With the gracious assistance of Ms Williamson, we offer the following timeline of events, so that you can better understand the evolving situation in National City.

Please note: at the end of this timeline, there are several events listed in which you may participate if you are as outraged about the treatment of Mr McNeil, his family and members of our community as are we.

Timeline of Events Involving Mr Earl McNeil

May 26th, 5:36am
Mr McNeil calls for assistance using the emergency phone outside the National City Police Department. Mr McNeil is detained and placed in a restraint device called “the wrap.” He is detained in the lower level parking garage of NCPD Station for an indeterminate length of time.

May 26th
San Diego County Jail refuses to accept Mr McNeil, citing unconsciousness.

May 26th
Mr McNeil is admitted to UCSD Medical Center Trauma Care Unit with massive brain and neurological damage, as well as facial abrasions and swelling.

May 26th
Mr McNeil’s family is contacted by NCPD and told Mr. McNeil had a heart attack while restrained in a hogtie position.

May 28th
Mr McNeil’s family goes to NCPD to ask questions and get police report. They are told Mr. McNeil was not under arrest and there are no reports to give them.  Detective states “Look, your cousin spit on my officers and they are upset and want to know if he has AIDS or Hep A.”

June 1st
Mr McNeil’s family posts to Facebook seeking assistance. Other users refer them to Tasha Williamson and Aeiramique Meeka.

June 3rd
Mr McNeil’s family holds joint press conference with Ms Williamson and Ms Meeka at the steps of the San Diego Hall of Justice.

June 4th
Mr McNeil’s family, after conferring with Mr McNeil’s physicians, decide to withdraw life support on June 7th.

June 5th
Mr McNeil’s family seeks legal counsel from Francisco Aldana and Mark Lane.

June 7th, 11:00am
Mr McNeil’s family, supported by Ms Williamson, Building Justice, CAST, Generation Justice, Justice 4SD33, SURJ, Women Occupy San Diego, Racial Justice Coalition of San Diego, CAIR and other community members hold a press conference across from the UCSD Medical Center, demanding an accurate account of Mr McNeil’s hours in custody, and release of all video recordings by the National City Police Department and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

June 7th, 4:30pm
NCPD makes first public statement regarding the fatal in-custody injuries of Mr McNeil.

June 7th, 5:30pm
UCSD Medical Center staff withdraw life support from Mr McNeil. Mr McNeil shows signs of distress, and is sedated to preclude the posssibility of suffering. Mr McNeil’s family and community members keep vigil over Mr McNeil.

June 11th
Mr McNeil dies.

June 13th
Community members and organizations supporting Mr McNeil’s family holds press conference in front of National City Police Department, again demanding an accurate account of Mr McNeil’s detention and release of all video that might shed light on his injuries.

June 15th
GoFundMe created for Mr McNeil’s funeral expenses.

June 18th, 10:00am
National City Police Chief Manuel Rodriguez meets with the family of Mr McNeil. Sources say the family was told:

  • No video footage may be released because there is an ongoing investigation
  • Autopsy results may not be released because there is an ongoing investigation
  • Despite there being an ongoing investigation, there was no misconduct on the part of National City Police Officers

Mr McNeil’s family walks out of the meeting due to disrespectful demeanor of Chief Manuel Rodriguez.

June 18th, 2:00pm
Ms Williamson, Dwayne Harvey and Marcus Boyd meet with National City Manager Leslie Deese and Mayor Ron Morrison at 2:00pm to discuss timeline of events and the meeting between Mr McNeil’s family and Police Chief Rodriguez.

June 19th, 5:00pm
Community members and organizations supporting Mr McNeil’s family meet with media to demand the resignation of NCPD Chief Manuel Rodriguez for his unprofessional conduct with Mr McNeil’s family and his inadequate answers to their questions.

June 19th, 6:00pm
Community members, many of them organized by Ms Tasha Williamson, visit the National City Council Meeting to ask for release of evidence surrounding the case. Ms Williamson is arrested for speaking over her time, and is briefly hospitalized for injuries sustained during her arrest. Mr Rafael Bautista is kicked repeatedly by National City Peace Officers while he was coming up the stairway they were going down with Ms Williamson.

June 21st
The NAACP San Diego Branch Executive Committee passes a motion to join in the demands for release of the evidence to the McNeil family, and to offer assistance to Ms Williamson in her defense.

June 27th, 11am
Mr McNeil’s funeral Christian Fellowship Church. Deputy District Attorney Handler was in attendance.

July 3rd
Community members visit the National City Council Meeting, to demand release of evidence surrounding the case. These include Ms Williamson, NAACP San Diego Branch President Dr André J. Branch, and other members of the NAACP. Assemblymember (and NAACP member) Shirley Weber attends and calls for greater transparency.

Mayor Ron Morrison asks the NCPD to remove Ms Williamson. Community members surround her, and the NCPD allows the community to walk her out.

July 3rd
What Happened to Earl McNeil? Facebook page created.

July 10th
Abolish ICE/Justice 4 Earl McNeil hunger strikers hold press conference and launch of hunger strike for July 10th – July 23rd.

July 17th
Community members visit the National City Council Meeting, again demanding release of the evidence. NAACP members Amie Zamudio, Steve Dorner, and Renita Payno speak. For the first time, two councilmembers break ranks and call for greater transparency by the city they represent. After the public comment period, the meeting is declared out of order and adjourned to the following afternoon.

July 18th
The National City Council Meeting resumes. Three people are arrested and two (Aeiremique Meeka and Mark Lane) are injured by the NCPD. Everyone is asked to leave the building. The crowd waits to ensure all community members emerge safely, including those arrested and injured. The National City Council declines to add an agenda item addressing Mr McNeil’s death to their agenda.

Local reporter Wendy Fry (NBC7 News) reports that “BLM will begin to stage riots in the streets of National City.” NBC7 apologizes for the false statement and deletes it from their website.

July 18th – July 20th
Community outcry regarding Ms Fry’s reporting continues. Ms Fry condemned for her unjustified alarmism, which further endangers black and brown people. Community members point out that the only assaults caught on camera were those perpetrated by National City Police Officers.

July 19th
National City Council resumes its meetings and public speakers speak out about Earl McNeil and the way people are being treated during arrest. Mark Lane goes over his time and is escorted out by NCPD.

July 23rd
Mr McNeil’s autopsy results are “unsealed” but still not made public. These results are claimed to indicate the presence of a controlled substance and that injuries were due to cardiac arrest.

July 24th
At the final National City Council meeting before the August recess, community members are greeted by Sheriff’s deputies in riot gear. At the meeting, six community members, including Tasha Williamson, Aeramique Meeka, and NAACP member Amie Zamudio stage a “die-in” to demand release of the evidence. They are all arrested. There is a marked difference in treatment; the white protesters are handled gently, and the black and brown ones are treated roughly and painfully.

July 25th
Community members are released from jail and welcomed by the community. Ms Williamson is again treated for injuries sustained during her arrest.

July 27th
In a meeting organized by Mark Lane, NBC7 News Executives meet with organizers for Justice 4 Earl McNeil. Executives apologize for Ms Fry’s reporting and pledge to improve relationships with and reporting on black and brown communities.

July 29th
Ms Williamson speaks at Raul Rivera March and Rally for Earl McNeil.

August 7th
Sheriff Bill Gore requests to meet with Mr McNeil’s family and their attorneys. The Sheriff’s Department indicates they wish to work with the family to avoid further outrage and respect their need for information.

Important Upcoming Events

August 10th, 7:00pm, First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4190 Front Street, San Diego
NAACP holds a Prayer Vigil.  Members of the clergy, laypersons, and all persons of good will are invited to mourn and pray with us over the in-custody deaths of African-Americans like Mr McNeil and all the other injustices that are visited upon our community.

August 16th, 6:00pm, 1243 National City Boulevard, National City
Public comment at CPRC (National City Police Review Board). Public attendance requested.

August 25th, 1-3pm
Town Hall for National City Residents to speak with officials from the National City Government and Police Department.

September 6th, 6:00pm, 1243 National City Boulevard, National City
National City Council Meeting. Strong public attendance requested.

Watch: NAACP Supports Independent Police Oversight

On July 11th, NAACP San Diego Branch President André Branch spoke in favor of Women Occupy San Diego’s proposed charter amendment to turn the CRB into the CPP – Commission on Police Practices. The measure passed the Rules Committee on a party line 3-2 vote, and goes on to the full Council, who will decide if it goes on the November ballot.

The fight for more independent oversight of the SDPD isn’t over, but we won this battle.

YOU are Needed to Support Police Reform!

We have sent the attached letter to the City Council, with copies to the press, Chief Nisleit, and Women Occupy San Diego.

We strongly believe that San Diego deserves a truly independent body to oversee issues the community has with the San Diego Police Department.  The Police Department should not be the only agency investigating the Police Department.  The same City Attorney should oversee both the investigation and defense of our Officers; for our good and theirs.  The Mayor should not be able to hobble the body by refusing to make appointments. We see, time and time again, that Police Officers face no consequences for discriminatory and violent acts against African-Americans and others.  It is vital that we have as many tools as possible to hold the Police accountable.

We need true independent oversight of the SDPD.

Here is how you can help: At 1pm on July 11th, the San Diego City Council Rules Committee will take up the Charter Amendment proposed by Women Occupy San Diego. This amendment would make a step toward more independent oversight of the SDPD, by removing the Mayor’s stranglehold, giving the body discretion on what cases it can investigate, and providing independent counsel and investigators. The July 11 meeting is the last opportunity for the committee to move the amendment forward to the full Council, so that it may be placed on the November ballot, and we can all vote on it.

The Police Chief and Police Union will be there; you may guess how they will argue.  We need you to show up at the City Council chambers on the 12th floor of 202 C Street.  We need to show the Committee that people want the opportunity to increase Police accountability.

We know you work.  We know you go to school.  We know, and they know, that taking time out of your day to visit the City Council has a cost.  Allowing oversight of the Police to flag has a very great cost as well.

Please, show up to the City Council at 1pm on July 11th.  You will have friends there.

Whether you can or cannot support us with your physical presence at the July 11th meeting, please write your Councilmember in support of this Amendment.  Many NAACP San Diego members live in Council District 4, which is represented by Council President and Rules Committee Chair Myrtle Cole.  She needs to hear from you!

Thank you,

Dr André J. Branch
President, NAACP San Diego

2018-07-02 Letter Regarding CRB Amendment (dragged)
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