The Memorial Day police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis awakened an unprecedented movement in San Jose — and across the country — against police violence, implicit bias, systemic racism and confrontational policing.
Those tensions exploded after San Jose police officers shot rubber bullets at mostly peaceful protesters in May, causing serious injuries by striking people in the groin, eyes and skulls. City leaders have since proposed a slew of reforms to ban rubber bullets for crowd control, stop bad cops from getting jobs in other cities and more.
Amid this national outcry for more police accountability, San José Spotlight in June hosted an exclusive Q&A webinar with San Jose Independent Police Auditor Shivaun Nurre. The Office of the Independent Police Auditor reviews citizen complaints of officer misconduct before forwarding them to Internal Affairs and provides oversight of SJPD.