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Fresno City Council Members Hold Press Conference About Police Incidents

by Mike Rhodes (editor [at]
Fresno City Council Members Blong Xiong (district 1) and Cynthia Sterling (district 3) held a press conference this morning (2-18-09). Xiong and Sterling discussed two recent incidents involving the police department. The first incident involved three Fresno Police Department officers in the narcotics division who were arrested for their participation in a car theft operation. The second incident, which has been widely reported, was the beating of a homeless man by a FPD officer. Sterling said she is in favor of establishing an Independent Police Auditor, but is waiting for a report from mayor Ashley Swearengin, before discussing the specifics of what that IPA might look like. The entire 16:36 minute press conference is below in an .mp3 audio format.

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by Ashley (Mayor [at]
Mayor Swearengin Announces Community Forum for Input on Independent Police Auditor Issue

Fresno, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today announced that a forum to allow community members to provide input on developing an independent police auditor proposal will be held at Sunnyside High School, 1019 S. Peach Ave., on Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. "This is about good policy -- an independent police auditor is the right thing to do, but it’s important that we have comprehensive input from the community as we put together our final proposal," Mayor Swearengin said. "This forum will be an important opportunity for people to weigh in on the issues."

Mayor Swearengin also will meet with City Council members and other groups interested in the independent police auditor next week. She plans to present a proposal to City Council in early March.
Incidents are happened any time and at any place, we see live all things are going on like press conference.
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This forum has been moved to Tuesday Feb 24 due to Ash Wednesday.
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