Promising Steps in La Mesa

March 6, 2021 Last May, we wrote of the arrest of Amaurie Johnson by then La Mesa Police Officer Matt Dages.  While Mr Johnson was released without charges, Matt Dages was fired and is facing a criminal prosecution for his actions.  Now, Dages is suing the City of La Mesa for reinstatement, back pay, and […]

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 […]

Statement on the Emergency Ambulance Contract

February 5, 2021 Dear Mayor and Members of the San Diego City Council, In response to today’s’ statements by Reverend Al Sharpton, the NAACP San Diego Branch wishes to express their continued support for Falck to become the new City of San Diego’s emergency ambulance provider. Statements about the City of San Diego’s evaluation panel […]

City of San Diego Hiring Practices

February 1, 2021 Dear Mayor and Members of the San Diego City Council, The work between the Mayor and City Council for our city’s economic recovery provides an opportunity to correct decades-long inequities. Underrepresented citizens and, specifically blacks, are not treated equally when it comes to being hired for full-time positions with benefits.  Many are […]

Urgent culture changes needed at Fire-Rescue

January 18, 2021 Councilmember LaCavaCity Administration Building202 C StreetSan Diego, CA 92101 Council President CampbellCity Administration Building202 C StreetSan Diego, CA 92101 Councilmember WhitburnCity Administration Building202 C StreetSan Diego, CA 92101 Councilmember Montgomery SteppeCity Administration Building202 C StreetSan Diego, CA 92101 Councilmember Von WilpertCity Administration Building202 C StreetSan Diego, CA 92101 Councilmember CateCity Administration Building202 […]

Achieving Equity in San Diego Fire-Rescue

December 16, 2020 Councilmember LaCavaCity Administration Building202 C StreetSan Diego, CA 92101 Councilmember CampbellCity Administration Building202 C StreetSan Diego, CA 92101 Councilmember WhitburnCity Administration Building202 C StreetSan Diego, CA 92101 Councilmember Montgomery SteppeCity Administration Building202 C StreetSan Diego, CA 92101 Councilmember Von WilpertCity Administration Building202 C StreetSan Diego, CA 92101 Councilmember CateCity Administration Building202 C […]

San Diego Fire Rescue’s social media reveals flaws

[This letter has been corrected.] December 4, 2020 We are pleased to see that San Diego Fire and Rescue is using social media as a recruiting tool, and we are pleased to see both women and people of color being represented in their media.  Nonetheless, some of their posts serve to illustrate grave problems in […]

SDPD Enforcement of Solid Mask Policy

November 18, 2020 Chief David NisleitSan Diego Police Department1401 Broadway AveSan Diego, CA 92101 Dear Chief Nisleit, We are writing to express our concerns with regards to on-duty San Diego Police Officers wearing Thin Blue Line facial coverings, as well as officers lacking facial coverings while on duty. Both of these actions violate Department regulations, […]

Measure B Roundtable on November 30th

The following letter was received by the Branch: Dear Francine and Brian, I am writing to invite you to a roundtable discussion about Measure B, and next steps in the transformation of the current Community Review Board on Police Practices (CRB) into an independent Commission on Police Practices. In preparing for this roundtable, we compiled a large list of local […]

Justice for All

October 25, 2020 The last words we say as we pledge allegiance to the flag are: “with liberty and justice for all.” Belief in the words of the Pledge of Allegiance are a basic part of learning citizenship as a child. History continues to show us that the legal system does not always apply justice […]