San Jose Police Auditor Says City Should Document Stops
San Jose's independent police auditor will release a report this week saying that relations between residents and the Police Department are getting better. The auditor will also offer a bold suggestion for improvement.
Auditor LaDoris Cordell says citizen complaints against San Jose police have declined over the last several years.
But questions remain about what happens to people who are detained, then released -- especially people of color. Cordell says that’s because if there’s no arrest, there’s no police report.
“We hear people coming to our office complaining,” says Cordell. “' I was made to sit on the curb', or 'I was made to sit in the back of the police car', 'I was handcuffed, but then they let me go. And I don’t think that was right'. And yet when the officer is questioned about it later for complaints, the officer doesn’t have any recollection. They make lots of stops.”
Cordell is recommending that officers document all stops. She says it would make San Jose the first city in the nation to have such a policy.