Column: Law enforcement leaders responded to the U-T’s racial disparities project. They missed the point

April 20, 2021

By Charles Clark

From the article: "...The responses came from San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore, San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit and David Leonhardi, president of the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of San Diego County, in the U-T’s opinion section, which is separate from the newsroom and myself.

Gore penned a four-paragraph reply, saying the department had entered into a contract with the Center for Policing Equity to independently review the data, so it would be premature for the department to comment on the project’s findings.

Nisleit wrote a lengthier response about some operational changes his department has made in an attempt to address disparities, and he focused a chunk of his piece on what he sees as the impact external factors — those being outside of law enforcement — have on disparity data. He contends that disparity in policing “does not necessarily mean that bias, racism and discrimination” are present. He seems to argue that other factors that disproportionately afflict communities of color — such as poverty, crime, homelessness and access to health care — are more responsible for disparate policing outcomes..."

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