Author: Aaron B. Zisser (Aaron B. Zisser)

Zisser: Flawed push for a new jail is a disability rights issue

New construction does not cure a broken jail culture. Outdated architecture didn’t kill Michael Tyree in 2015 and seriously injure Andrew Hogan in 2018; that abuse was the work of officers operating inside a culture of corruption and callousness accustomed to dehumanizing people who needed services, but instead received cruelty and neglect. Yet the County Executive’s...

Zisser: Police reform in San Jose requires overhaul of independent civilian oversight

The San Jose Charter Review Commission’s (CRC) recommendations last month to significantly overhaul police oversight will present a major test of the question posed in a recent Spotlight article: What do San Jose commissioners actually accomplish? But the crucial test is of the City Council because the commission developed eminently reasonable recommendations it then approved...