Santa Ana’s police union has backed recall efforts against two council members: Juan Villegas and Ceci Iglesias, who vocally opposed the scale of $23 million in controversial raises granted to police officers last February. Now the union wants both off a public safety board, which could be disbanded or restructured by council members today.
Beefed-up citizen oversight of the Anaheim Police Department will be considered by the City Council Tuesday. A report by the ACLU found Anaheim to be among the nation’s worst cities for deaths at the hands of police.
Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada didn’t have all of the information when he briefed City Council members in February about a Ku Klux Klan rally that exploded into violence, according to an internal human resources investigation conducted by the city
Councilman Jose Moreno proposed the city beef up its Public Safety Board into an “investigative police commission” while councilwomen Kris Murray and Lucille Kring argued that the board should remain in its current form.
After a spate of officer-involved shootings in 2012 that led to protests and a night of rioting, the city set up a public safety board to keep watch over the police. Today, some residents say the board is a “joke.”