While the San Diego Police Department has launched an internal investigation into a planned program intended to reward officers for making drug arrests, a protest is planned for 6 p.m. Monday outside of the police department’s southern division at 1120 27th St, CBS8 reported.
The incentive program was never implemented, according to San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit, but a department email has raised questions with some people in the community, including protest organizer Tasha Williamson.
“Somebody did this thinking they could get away with this,” Williamson told CBS8. “Anyone who is in a command or supervisory position — we need to take a second look at.”
Williamson is a civil rights activist who says the goal of the protest is to send a message to the police department that a full, transparent investigation is necessary.
An email sent out March 9 to officers in the department’s southern division detailed an incentive program aimed at motivating officers to make drug arrests. The email was made public after an unnamed officer came forward and spoke to a media outlet.
Nisleit held a news conference on Friday disavowing the incentive program and saying it was never authorized, never implemented and was never intended to target a specific race or socio-economic class. The chief promised to find out how and why the email was sent out.
“I believe the chief when he says the program was never implemented,” said Williamson. “What I don*t understand, as lieutenants and captains, how do you not know the approval protocol?”
Williamson is also demanding that the officer who came forward to the media not be punished for what he did.
–Wire report, staff
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