Thursday, April 9, 2009

"A Consortium and a Task Force walk into a bar..."

Watch Dog has written about the drunk arrest issue before:
Well, it seems the Consortium was interested in hearing from the Task Force even if the City/City Manager/Police Chief weren't...and guess what? The Task Force is pissed, and they aren't going to take it anymore. Witness the note below the several members of the Task Force sent to the Consortium yesterday...(hat tip to helpful tipster)

To: Consortium for Police Leadership in Equity (CPLE)
Re: Possible Meeting Dates

April 8, 2009

We, the undersigned community stakeholder representatives on the City of San José's "Public Intoxication Taskforce", would like to thank you for your invitations to meet to discuss our concerns regarding police practices in San José. We appreciate the consortium's recognition that the participation and collaboration of community stakeholders is vital to the legitimacy and success of the proposed partnership between the City of San José and the CPLE.

Unfortunately, due to several unresolved issues stemming from the City's announcement of the proposed partnership with the CPLE, at this time we must cancel any scheduled meetings and decline all pending invitations/requests for substantive feedback from your organization pending the resolution of our outstanding concerns - which we remain hopeful will be in the near term.

We want to assure you that this in no way represents a lack of commitment or interest from either ourselves or the communities we represent. These issues remain a high priority within our organizations and we will continue our involvement and support for the diverse communities of San Jose to the fullest extent that we can.

Kindest Regards,

Rev. Jeff Moore, NAACP of Silicon Valley
Raul Colunga, La Raza Roundtable
Alfredo Morales, La Raza Lawyers Association
Pete Carrillo, Silicon Valley Latino Democratic Club
Raj Jayadev, Silicon Valley DeBug
Walter Wilson, African-American Community Services Agency
Skyler Porras, ACLU of Northern California

CC: Mayor and City Council - By fax
City Manager Deb Figone

Sean Webby, Mercury News


Aside from the Task Force members listed above and Councilmember Liccardo and others that criticized the Police Chief in this week's Metro piece, where is the outrage?

Are the Mayor and Councilmember Campos going to sit quietly by while the Task Force that they set up raises hell to get heard?

We shall see...and Watch Dog will be there...

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