The Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association and San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association are teaming up with San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman to address concerns regarding racial profiling and discourteous treatment of minorities by law enforcement.
The groups have produced an anti-racial profiling public service announcement video, in English and Spanish, which will be posted on social media, the groups' websites and other community partners.
“We are following a long tradition of legal professionals using our roles in the community to help advocate for all members of our community,” said Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association President Omar Passons. “Our organizations have been able to leverage good working relationships with the San Diego Police Department to help make sure every member of our community knows how to report conduct the police department has emphatically described as unacceptable."
Sparked by reports in local media, the two bar associations reached out to Zimmerman to find constructive ways to be sure every San Diegan knows how to get help.
“As the head of this department, I have been clear from day one, I will not tolerate any instances of racial profiling or even discourteous treatment to anyone in our community,” Zimmerman said. “I will meet with any community group or organization that wants to help.
"I am encouraged by the open dialogue. Our police officers and civilian employees stand with me as the chief of police when I say that the San Diego Police Department is committed to Mayor (Kevin) Faulconer’s One San Diego approach, which includes every resident of every neighborhood in this city.
"It should not matter where you live or who you are to feel safe; you should feel safe no matter who you are or where you live.”