Response to Police Shooting on February 25th, 2021

February 26, 2021

To the San Diego Police Department,

The NAACP San Diego Branch requests to have body cam footage of the police shooting which took place on February 25, 2021, to resolve our questions, as to the shooting of an apparently homeless individual.  

As we continue to gather all the facts, we sincerely hope this incident is not another example of two significant problems in our San Diego Law Enforcement: attacks and mishandling towards mentally ill individuals, and a failure to de-escalate. As we continue to seek justice for these victims and educate our community about mental health during COVID-19, it’s important for our law enforcement to set iron-clad commitments to our community on de-escalation procedures involving mentally ill individuals.  

We understand that officers sometimes need to use force to protect their lives or those of bystanders.  We look forward to the prompt release of the officer’s body-worn camera video, so we can verify that the newly-minted de-escalation procedures were followed on-scene.

Further, we’d like to know if PERT was called and if they responded—and if not, why not?  We’d like to know if less-lethal methods were attempted—and if not, why not?  

In short, there is much left to know if we are to accept that the shooting of this human being truly was necessary.  

The NAACP’s principal objective is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority citizens of the United States and eliminate race prejudice. We seek to remove all barriers of racial discrimination through democratic processes and we accomplish this mission by seeking enactments, commitments, and enforcement of federal, state and local laws securing civil rights. 

As such, the NAACP San Diego Branch requests to see body cam footage of the incident to better educate our community and provide advocacy where needed.

Thank you,

Prince Sefa-Boakye, Legal Redress Committee Chair
NAACP San Diego Branch

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March 4th General Membership Meeting

6pm via Zoom:

Celebration of Women’s History Month

Speaking this month will be Patrice Baker and Retired Deputy Chief Lorraine Hutchinson

Retired Deputy Chief Lorraine Hutchinson

Retired Deputy Chief Lorraine Hutchinson served in the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department before retiring in June 2015. Since the start of her career in 1990, Retired Deputy Chief Hutchinson has celebrated a number of San Diego Fire-Rescue Department firsts. She worked her way up through the ranks and is the first and only African American woman in the history of the Department to be promoted to engineer, captain, battalion chief and her current position, deputy chief.
Mrs. Hutchinson earned an Associate of Science degree in Fire Technology from Miramar College and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership from National University.
Her last work assignment was in Fire Operations as the B Division Deputy Chief/Shift Commander. She supervised seven battalion chiefs who oversee the seven geographical areas that make up the City of San Diego. She was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Department when she was on duty.
Chief Hutchinson has been a community advocate for over 25 years and after being diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2012, she continued her civic service as a spokesperson for Susan G. Komen. Her tireless dedication and commitment to the fire service and her community has earned her much recognition including; Employee of the Quarter twice, the City of San Diego’s Diversity Distinction Award, San Diego Metropolitan Magazine’s, 40 Under Forty Award, San Diego Business Journal’s 2011 Women who Mean Business Award, a nomination for the 2014 San Diego Magazine’s Woman of the Year award and she was honored in 2014 as the San Diego Padres Honorary Bat Girl.
Serving as Susan G. Komen’s 2014 Honorary Breast Cancer Survivor and learning of the disparities that exist with African American women, after Mrs. Hutchinson retired, she briefly served as the Susan G. Komen’s Director of Community Relations. She held that assignment until she was needed to care for her ill father until he passed away. Mrs. Hutchinson remains committed to helping save lives by sharing her breast cancer journey.
Mrs. Hutchinson currently serves as the Fire Technology Director at Southwestern Community College where she continues to prioritize the recruitment of women and minorities to the Fire Service.
Mrs. Hutchinson is married to Steve Hutchinson, a retired San Diego Police Officer who currently works for the District Attorney’s office. They are the proud parents of three daughters, Brittany, Brandé and Bianca and three adorable grandchildren, Marianna, Cheyenne and Marquin.

Patrice Baker

Native of the Encanto Neighborhoods with over 30 years of professional and volunteer contributions to improve the quality of life for all residents of Southeastern San Diego. With advanced degrees in Management and organizational leadership, Patrice leads the community engagement programs and activities for GWSD to ensure that all programs and projects reflect the vested interests, values, and vision of current and future residents.

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Watch: March 10th Jury Townhall

At 6pm on March 10, we had a discussion regarding service on juries.

A “jury of your peers” cannot happen without a diverse jury pool. We had a lively discussion with Superior Court Judge Dwayne K. Moring, Deputy District Attorney Dwain Woodley and Deputy Public Defender Euketa Oliver on how to ensure justice for all!

Judge Dwayne Moring

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Dwayne K. Moring to a judicial seat on the San Diego County Superior Court on July 21, 2008. 

Judge Moring currently hears criminal matters as the Supervising Judge at the San Diego South County Courthouse. He is the first African-American Supervising Judge for the South County Courthouse.  His previous assignment was in one of the old Central Courthouse Felony Settlement Departments where half of all the felony cases filed at the main courthouse were heard in his department.  He was also assigned to the Juvenile Delinquency Court for three years.

Judge Moring tried approximately 75 felony and misdemeanor jury trials prior to his appointment.  He has presided over approximately 50 jury trials as a judge. 

Prior to his appointment, Judge Moring was a Deputy District Attorney in the Sex Crimes and Stalking Division of the San Diego District Attorney’s Office.  Previously, Judge Moring was a Deputy Alternate Public Defender with the San Diego Alternate Public Defender’s Office, and a Deputy City Attorney in the San Diego City Attorney’s Office.

Judge Moring is a board member of the San Diego Judges Association, a Sustaining Member of the San Diego Lawyers Club, a lifetime member of both the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association and Earl B. Gilliam Bar Foundation, and a Master with the J. Clifford Wallace American Inn of Court.  He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the: California Judges Association, Crawford High School Academy of Law, Pepperdine Caruso School of Law, and the University Club Atop Symphony Towers of San Diego.  He is also a member of the San Diego Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Judge Moring is the recipient of several awards for his involvement in the legal community.  In October 2017 he was recognized by Pepperdine University as one of its “Top 40 Over 40 Alumni.”  He was honored with the “Flame Of Inspiration Award” by the Thomas Jefferson School Of Law Black Law Student Association in March 2008 acknowledging his mentorship of minority law students.  In 2007, Judge Moring received the “Outstanding Service By A Public Attorney Award” from the San Diego County Bar Association.  He also received the San Diego County Sexual Assault Response Team’s “Response With A Heart Award” in appreciation of his significant contribution to sexual assault prosecution in 2007.

Judge Moring received his juris doctor degree from Pepperdine School of Law in 1991.  He also attended Pepperdine University as an undergraduate where he received a Bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1984.  

 Judge Moring was born and raised in San Diego, California.

Dwain Woodley

Dwain Woodley was appointed to Chief Deputy District Attorney at the San Diego District Attorney’s office by District Attorney Summer Stephan in 2018.  Chief Woodley, a 31 year attorney and Navy Jag Corps veteran,  earned his B.A. from McDaniel College 1986 and earned his J.D. the University of Maryland Law School in 1989. 

As a Navy Jag Woodley gained experience as a defense attorney and later joined the Office of the Public Defender of San Diego County where he represented indigent clients.  In 2001 he joined the office of the District Attorney of San Diego County where he led  Superior Court Division, Juvenile and South Bay Divisions. 

Chief Deputy Woodley was raised in Baltimore Maryland in a family that instilled the importance of public service.  He recognizes that the community must have trust in the fairness of the judicial system for it to work effectively and that having prosecutors from diverse backgrounds provides an extra level of confidence that the system is fair to its citizens.  Chief Woodley also understands that community safety is more than incarceration.  The judicial system as a whole should have a greater purpose – to prevent crime and to create a peaceful, law-abiding society. 


Euketa Oliver

Euketa Oliver is a Deputy Public Defender with the San Diego County Office of the Primary Public Defender.  For over 15 years, her practice has focused on representing indigent individuals in their criminal and appellate matters. For the past 3 years, Euketa has worked in the Writs and Appeals Unit, where she is responsible for providing legal advice to approximately 200 attorneys, office-wide trainings on new laws and legislation, as well as conducting extensive legal research and writing. As a Deputy Public Defender, Euketa has handled over 70 jury trials. She has argued appellate matters before the Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division One and the San Diego Superior Court Appellate Division. Prior to her legal career, Euketa obtained a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology. Euketa is Immediate Past President of the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Foundation; co-chair of Lawyers Club of San Diego, Diverse Women’s Committee; serves on the San Diego Superior Court’s Anti-Bias Legal Equality (ABLE) committee, and member of the San Diego County Bar Association’s Bench-Bar Committee. 

Student Painting Donation

Alyssa Donates Police Brutality Painting to the NAACP San Diego Branch

Alyssa (@alyssaart.15 on Instagram) donated this painting to the NAACP San Diego Branch to raise funds for our work. For more details, see: https://sandiego…

Alyssa (@alyssaart.15 on Instagram) painted this in response to police brutality, and donated it to the NAACP San Diego Branch to raise funds for our work.

Support the NAACP by Purchasing Alyssa’s Artwork!

Original painting by @alyssaart.15
36×24, acrylic on canvas

Check back soon for details on how to purchase this artwork.

Working Together to Improve Outcomes for all Black Children and Families

A two-Part Symposium

Sincerest Gratitude

On behalf of the NAACP San Diego Branch & SDSU’s Black Minds Project, I would like to personally extend our gratitude to each and every phenomenal panelist and participant. Thank you for making our symposium on Working Together to Improve Outcomes for All Black Children and Families a heartfelt success.

Here is Day One’s recording:

Day One: Why Black Educators Matter


  • Dr. J. Luke Wood, San Diego State University, Distinguished Professor of Education
  • Dr. Adisa Alkebulan, SDSU, Associate Professor and Chair of Africana Studies (invited)
  • Dr. Micia Mosely, Founder and Director of the Black Teacher Project
  • Lisa Kelly, Middle School Teacher, Black Teacher Project Fellow
  • Dr. Ernest Black, Statewide Director of the CalStateTEACH Program
  • Dr. Joe Fulcher, Assistant Superintendent, Equity, Culture & Support Services, Sweetwater Union High School District

Moderator: Katrina Hasan Hamilton

Here is Day Two’s recording:

Day Two: Why Support is Critical for Increasing Black Parent Involvement in Schools

  • Dr. Grace Carroll – Wordsmith LLC, Akira’s Book Club & The Village Project’s Emanyatta Program
  • Dr. Idara Essien – SDSU, Assistant Professor Child and Family Development
  • Selam Gebrekristos, M.F.T. – SDSU, Co-Director of MA in Education with a concentration in Counseling. SDCC, Counselor
  • Rashida Hameed – President/CEO of Epiphany Women in Focus, Epiphany Project
  • Mohamed Qas – SDSU, The Black Minds Project

Feb 27: ACT-SO Writer’s Workshop

ACT-SO Writer’s Workshop: Poetry & Black History

All are welcome to join us at 2pm on February 22nd to work on writing poetry. Examples of great poems from Black writers of the ages will be used to inspire and instruct writers of all ages.

At the time of the workshop, anyone may join by visiting:

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February 18th Executive Committee Meeting

Our February 18th Executive Committee Meeting will be held online via Zoom.

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Executive Committee meetings are public meetings, and anyone may attend. Only Executive Committee members may participate, however.

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Feb 14, 2022 Education Newsletter

Rise to the Challenge, Answer the Call

Placing our children front and center, in the fight for equity and justice!

Greetings and welcome! Oh, all the places we can go, if only children are exposed to educators who care. Just look at Vice President Kamala Harris and Amanda Gorman, our youngest Inaugural Poet. As our goal is to ensure Black children are receiving fair and equitable outcomes, let us know if you have information to share or need our help. Together we can make a difference!  Happy African American, African, Black History Month!


Top Stories/Updates

Thank you, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH).

As we honor Black History Month, join us in celebrating this year’s 2021 Theme, The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity. For more information and to participate in free online events, visit ASALH’s website.

Why Black Educators Matter!

As a Black educator, I have personally witnessed the mistreatment of Black children in relation to other children. From the moment they step into the classroom, our children are stamped guilty before they open their mouths. In spite of dwindling numbers in San Diego Unified and throughout the county, Black children face disproportionate amounts of disciplinary actions as early as preschool. For our Gifted and Talented students, they, too are often overlooked or in some cases, viewed as exceptions to the norm. Just the other day, my Black Professor reminded me of the High School Valedictorian in Mississippi who was asked by the Principal of the school to share her honor with a white classmate along with the impact of integration and, the overlooked reality of resegregation in urban and suburban schools.

Here is a little-known fact: One of the downsides of Brown vs. The Board of Education is the impact it had on the Black Teaching Force. Dr. James Anderson points this out in A Tale of Two Browns: Constitutional Equality and Unequal Education: “Moreover, the manner in which Brown was implemented [by closing Black schools and firing Black teachers], particularly in the South, devastated the careers of Black educators, placed many Black schoolchildren in hostile racial climates, dashed the hopes and dreams of those who expected full equality, and constructed painful memories of the African American experience.” (Chapter One, page 16).

With School Reopening Plans underway, parents are divided on whether or not districts should allow students to return back to campus. Pediatricians here in San Diego weighed in as well. Understandably, the uncertainty can cause anxiety for the fearful and frustration for those wanting their children to return right away. Yet for Black parents, the amount of mistrust many are experiencing on top of COVID is painfully concerning and needs attention. The NAACP San Diego Branch Education Committee will provide a series of recommendations and resources on sending children back to school in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, we are aware there are phenomenal teachers, counselors and administrators who deeply care about our children. We praise teachers and administrators who sacrifice their own lives to help improve outcomes for all children. Just take a look at the Principal in South Carolina who rarely sleeps —leading his school by day and restocking shelves at Walmart by night to help his students and their families during the pandemic. Mr. Henry Darby’s selfless acts will bring tears to your eyes.

Then there is Jacqueline Dungee, a Principal at Loving Elementary Charter School in Detroit. Growing concerns for her students’ safety and well-being during the pandemic led her to begin knocking on doors to physically check in. More on Principal Dungee can be found on:

We salute these selfless educators for the compassion they display to Black children and quite honestly, to all children. An educator teaches and leads children regardless of race, ethnicity or ability because that is what culturally competent leadership is all about. These are just a few examples of Why Black Teachers Matter! If you know of a local Black Educator in San Diego or throughout the county that we should recognize let us know right away!

Update in the Search for Sweetwater Union High School District Superintendent

By a 4:1 vote on Board Item L-5, the Sweetwater Union High School District Board of Trustees will conduct an Open Superintendent Search for the District. Dr. Paul Gothold has placed Dr. Yolanda Rogers in charge of the search process. We are looking forward to improved outcomes for our students and families in Sweetwater. The NAACP will continue to work with SDCOE as a voice for our community. On February 9. 2021, the district Board of Trustees held a special board meeting with Dr. Yolanda Rogers, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources at SDCOE to discuss next steps on the process. Special appreciation and gratitude to Board of Trustee Frank Tarantino for ensuring that Black Minds Matter Advocacy Group and the Filipino Council were added to the Advisory Committee. Good news for the Community as we want to ensure improved outcomes for all children.

Community Calls for SDUSD to Hire Outside Search Firm

The NAACP San Diego Branch joined AAAE and other community organizations here in San Diego to call for an Open Superintendent Search. The coalition, led by the Association of African American Educators (AAAE) included Parent Quality Education (PQE), ACLU San Diego and Imperial Counties along with community members, including Deborah Maxie and Lallia Allali. Although the coalition preferred the District hire a reputable outside firm, Dr. Sharon Whitehurst-Payne, when asked what her vision encompassed for an Open Superintendent Search explained the process, which includes an Advisory committee that will have input in every step of the way. After listening to Dr. Whitehurst-Payne, it was evident that in order for our voices as Black Parents, Youth, Families, Educators and Community members to be fully included, that the NAACP San Diego Branch ensures it takes action to be on that list. There were 13 Public comments on this item, including a comment from the NAACP San Diego, Education Chair.

On February 2, 2021, thirteen public comments on Board Item E.1 were presented, including a comment from the NAACP San Diego Branch Education Chair who requested that our branch, along with our coalition partners be added onto the Advisory committee. After hearing comments, the SDUSD Board unanimously passed Item E.1, proposed from Dr. Whitehurst-Payne and Board President Richard Barrera. Dr. Whitehurst-Payne’s vote included an amendment to add community members and organizations, which was the primary reason for our support and was accepted.

The NAACP San Diego Branch’s request in large part seeks to ensure that representation of African American, Black, Somali, biracial, Indigenous, Latinx, Filipino, Arab, and quite frankly, all marginalized groups are represented on this committee. Furthermore, we ask the Board’s inclusion of organizations like San Diego State University, includes working with specific departments like SDSU’s, Division of Student Affairs and Campus Diversity (Dr. J. Luke Wood). We also suggest including input from Black faculty at UCSD’s Department of Education, like Dr. Thandeka Chapman as well. We will keep you posted on progress and welcome support.

Black Lives Matters Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize!

Standing up for social justice and advocating for equality is a human right. Since 2012, after the death of Trayvon Martin, young activists formed the Black Lives Matter, which over the years has evolved into a movement that has not only impacted our nation, but quite obviously, our world. Perhaps then it’s no surprise that someone outside of the United States would nominate the BLM Movement for a Nobel Peace Prize! That someone is Mr. Peter Eide, a lawmaker and member of Norway’s parliament has nominated Black Lives Matter for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize.

Mr. Eide, stated he had nominated Black Lives Matter “for their struggle against racism and racially motivated violence.” He also noted that it was “BLM’s call for systemic change” that has forced “other countries to grapple with racism within their own societies…” We congratulate the Black Lives Matter Movement for rallying and unifying people across the world in our fight for equity and justice.






The Future of STEM Scholars Initiative (FOSSI) is a program providing scholarships and professional development opportunities directed at furthering science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in students from underrepresented communities. If selected, the student will receive a $40,000 scholarship award. This award will be disbursed in the amount of $10,000 per year, for four (4) years, and will go directly to the institution in which the student is enrolled. Selected students will also receive internship preparation and placement, leadership training, mentoring and access to the AIChE student networking opportunities. This program is administered by HBCU Week Foundation, Inc. The mission of HBCU Week is to encourage high-school aged Youth to enroll in HBCUs, provide scholarship dollars for matriculation and sustain a pipeline for employment from undergraduate school to corporate America.


  • Applicant must be a high school senior (graduating class of 2021)

  • Applicants must be completing or have completed high school successfully with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

  • Applicants must be accepted as a full-time student at a college or university for the upcoming academic semester.

  • Applicants must plan to pursue studies at a historically black college or university (HBCU).

  • Applicants must plan to pursue studies in a field associated with STEM, MIQA, technical or operation manufacturing.

  • Applicants must be a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States.

  • Applicants must complete and submit a scholarship application by February 15, 2021.


The HBCU Week Foundation will form a committee and award the scholarship based on a comprehensive evaluation process. Areas reviewed by the committee include but are not limited to the following:

  • Academic accomplishments
  • Reference letters
  • Financial Need
  • STEM and future career aspirations
  • Community Involvement

The multi-year scholarship will be reviewed annually and is contingent upon satisfactory academic performance in a full-time course of study at an HBCU.


  • Chemical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Math
  • Computer Science



The Frederick Douglass-James Madison Fellowship is a privately funded, $24,000 graduate fellowship offered to a person of color who is a United States citizen and who is a secondary level teacher or prospective teacher of American history, American government For more information visit:  You must apply by March 1st!


Upcoming Events


We cannot mention Black Lives Matter without nodding to the importance of how Black Minds Matter. The NAACP CA HI State Conference has partnered with SDSU’s Dr. J. Luke Wood, Dr. Frank Harris III and Dr. Joseph Johnson, Jr. to present on the impact of suspensions and expulsions statewide against Black children as early as preschool. You don’t want to miss this symposium that is calling for statewide policy changes in education as it relates to Black, Brown, Indigenous children, including our Foster and Homeless youth. Added presenters include California Secretary of State, Dr. Shirley Weber, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond, UCLA’s Dr. Tyrone Howard and Cal State, Los Angeles, Dr. Melina Abdullah. For more information and to register visit:


Students & staff of the Black Panther Party Oakland Community School share lessons on liberated teaching & learning!

February 17, 2021 from 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM PST

Registration and Organizer Information:

The Black Teacher Project (BTP), is a program that sustains and develops Black teachers to lead and reimagine schools as communities of liberated learning. BTP’s vision is that every student will benefit from the diversity, excellence, and leadership of an empowered Black teaching force.

This Black Teacher Project (BTP) event is a Black racial affinity space, if you do not identify as Black, please refrain from registering to honor the safe and sacred experience we are trying to create. Please register through this Eventbrite page to receive a link to the Zoom meeting the morning of the event. The event will also be recorded (breakout segments will not be recorded).


Join us for the 4th Annual San Diego Black College Expo in partnership with San Diego County of Education on Thursday, February 18th 

‘‘LIVE” online.

Click here to sign up!

·  Students can meet one-on-one virtually with the actual college recruiter

·  Students can Get ACCEPTED on the spot to an HBCU

·  Scholarships on the SPOT over 5 million in scholarships from our HBCUs

·  Application FEES waived

·  Win Cash and Prizes throughout the day at the Stage

·  Win over $5,000 in scholarships from NCR/SDCOE

·  Received a FREE admission to the California West Coast Black College Expo Friday and Saturday, February 19th & 20th  

For additional information, sponsorship/partnership opportunities visit or call 877-427-4100 or email  [email protected]


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