By Robert Haugh
Last June, Mayor Lisa Gillmor took former President Barack Obama’s “Commit to Action” pledge to address police use of force policies in cities.
She and Police Chief Pat Nikolai made a public pledge to evaluate how our police force is using force.
As part of that effort, last night, the City Council created a community-based Task Force on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
The task force will be working in partnership with Santa Clara University’s (SCU) Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.
The Council also appointed the first four members.
- Darius Brown
Housing Rehabilitation Loan Committee Member
- Neil Datar
Former SCU Student Senate Chair
Recent Duke University Law Grad
- Andrew Knaack
Parks and Recreation Commission Chair
- Dianna Zamora-Marroquin
South Bay Labor Council Political/Communications Director
Congratulations to the task force members. They all made eloquent statements last night.
Here’s the mission statement that they created with the Markkula Center:
We’ll write more about the task force in the coming days. Some Council members were disgruntled that this will be a community driven process.