San Diego Police De-Escalation Policy Goes Into Effect

by on May 14, 2021 · 0 comments

in Civil Rights, San Diego

See story about this incident where a Black, homeless man was taken down for public urination, at today’s San Diego Union-Tribune.

See Nicole Bansal’s video here.

Statement from Deacon Jim Vargas, president and CEO at Father Joe’s Villages:

“While the circumstances of this incident are not yet clear, we at Father Joe’s Villages are deeply troubled by this video.  It is a clear illustration of several broken systems and a stark and distressing reminder of the insufficient resources available to those on our streets.

From the failure to provide the basic dignity of public restrooms to the urgent need for a more compassionate, effective, and comprehensive response to those suffering from mental illness, San Diego can and must do better.  In the meantime, this individual and thousands of others experiencing homelessness are paying the price.  We trust that a thorough investigation of this incident will be conducted and we will look to see the results.”

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