Eight Pasadena-Area Civil Rights, Police Watchdog Groups Call Interim Police Chief’s Decision “A Breath of Fresh Air for Pasadena Policing”

Published : Friday, April 13, 2018 | 5:49 AM

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News that just-appointed Interim Pasadena Police Chief supports the engagement of an outside, independent agency to perform a review of a Pasadena police traffic stop during which a man suffered a broken leg was greeted with praise from eight Pasadena-area grass-roots organizations.

In a joint statement, the groups called Interim Pasadena Police Chief John E. Perez’ support of the Police Foundation’s review of the 2017 Christopher Ballew incident and subsequent report for public release “a breath of fresh air for Pasadena policing.”

An independent outside reviewer of this case would “look over the shoulder” of the Pasadena PD as it conducts its internal investigations and review of the Ballew beating will insure the integrity of the Department’s internal processes and likely provide greater transparency to the community, the statement said.

The eight organizations said they had been calling for an external reviewer of the Ballew incident for the four months since a bystander’s video of the violent incident surfaced and caught the attention of media across the United States.

The groups say they have also made three additional demands: a revision of the Police Department’s use-of-force policy; the implementation of officer misconduct cost/payout analysis annual reporting to the Public Safety Committee; and the hiring of a permanent Independent Police Auditor.

The groups congratulating Perez in the statement were identified as the Coalition for Increased Civilian Oversight of Pasadena Police, Pasadenans Organizing for Progress, Greater San Gabriel Valley Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, ACT, the National Day Laborers Organizing Network, Pasadenans and Altadenans Against Police Violence, Alta-Pas Indivisible, and the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance.

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