Police Cutbacks May Contribute to Tensions in Vallejo
HOST: Some Vallejo residents are outraged over a recent string of officer-related shootings that have left five people dead since late May. KQED's Paul Lancour reports one analyst says police cutbacks may be contributing to tensions.
PAUL LANCOUR: Vallejo recently emerged from a bankruptcy that included drastic cuts to the police force. That can play a role in incidents like those in Vallejo, says Peter Keane. He's a Professor at Golden Gate University Law School and a former San Francisco police commissioner.
PETER KEANE: "That puts strain upon the police officers on the scene, and also in terms of their relationship with citizens, because there's just too much tension from the lack of resources, the lack of officers, because of the lack of money. And that's something that exacerbates the problem; sometimes it even creates the problem."
LANCOUR: Mayor Osby Davis is calling for a state investigation. He's also urged the City Council to consider several measures, including additional police training, and putting cameras in patrol cars.
I'm Paul Lancour, KQED News.