Zero Tolerance

[Click here for the Spanish announcement.]

The Earl B Gilliam Bar Association and San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association, San Diego County’s African American and Latino Bar Associations, have teamed up with San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman to help address concerns regarding racial profiling and discourteous treatment with an anti-racial profiling public service announcement.

“We are following a long tradition of legal professionals using our roles in the community to help advocate for all members of our community,” said Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association President Omar Passons.  “Our organizations have been able to leverage good working relationships with the San Diego Police Department to help make sure every member of our community knows how to report conduct the Police Department has emphatically described as unacceptable.”

Sparked by reports in local media and the commitment of San Diego’s newest lead police officer, the two Associations reached out to Chief Shelley Zimmerman to find constructive ways to be sure every San Diegan knows how to get help.  “As the head of this Department, I have been clear from day one, I will not tolerate any instances of racial profiling or even discourteous treatment to anyone in our community,” said Zimmerman.  “I will meet with any community group or organization that wants to help.  I am encouraged by the open dialogue.  Our police officers and civilian employees stand with me as the Chief of Police when I say that the San Diego Police Department is committed to Mayor Faulconer’s One San Diego approach which includes every resident of every neighborhood in this city.  It should not matter where you live or who you are to feel safe; you should feel safe no matter who you are or where you live.”

San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association has a long history of lending a voice to its members and others in San Diego’s Latino communities.  “Many members of our communities are suspicious of the police and don’t feel anything will happen if they do report questionable treatment,” said President Renee Galente.  “This video, which will run on our website, social media and with other community partners in English and Spanish, will help let everyone in our community know how to address these issues.”

Special thanks to Verdict Videos for their generous work on, and support of, this project.




Reporting a Problem

The following information will help members of our community know what to do if they feel they’ve been racially profiled or not treated with courtesy by the San Diego Police Department.


Confidential Hotline – (619) 531-2672
File a Complaint – Details on filing click HERE.

NOTE: You do NOT have to give your name if you do not want to!

To help investigators, please provide:

• The location of the incident (example: address, nearest cross streets, store name and street, etc.)
• Date & Approximate Time of Incident
• SDPD Officer or Employee Name & Badge Number (if known)
• Description of what happened

What is the Cititzens’ Review Board on Police Practices?

The purpose of the Citizens’ Review Board on Police Practices is to empower an independent citizens group to assure the public that complaints against San Diego police officers are investigated thoroughly, completely, and fairly; and to recommend and advocate for policies which promote fair and human policing of the city.

To visit the Board website for more information click HERE

Contact Information for Citizens’ Review Board:

• Citizens’ Review Board on Police Practices
City Administration Building
202 C Street, MS 9A
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 236-6296

Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Email: [email protected]