San Jose Mayor Calls for Investigation and Firings of Any Officers Engaged in Bigoted Social Media Posts
San José, Calif. – The following statement is from San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo on the comments allegedly made in a closed Facebook group by current and former San José Police Department officers.
June 26, 2020
Nora Ramirez, Office of Mayor Liccardo; 661.330.5142 or Nora.Ramirez@sanjoseca.gov
“I demand and expect a full investigation, and further expect that racist, anti-Muslim or menacing comments expressed by any current SJPD Officer will be met with termination. Our Chief fired an officer for tweeting a similar statement in 2016, but an unaccountable arbitrator—immune from public or court review—reversed the termination, and forced the department to reinstate the officer. For that reason, as I articulated in my police reform proposal this week, I will push for changes to a disciplinary process that allows unaccountable arbitrators to reverse termination decisions of the Chief, and I will further push for independent investigation of all racially discriminatory conduct. This is precisely why these reforms are so important.”
Mayor Liccardo’s full proposal can be viewed here.
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