Since sending our August
24th letter to the Mayor and City Council of Santa Rosa:
a) we've had four new
case complaints against Santa Rosa Police,
b) instead of granting our request to the council for independent
review of the seven cases, the Santa Rosa City Council has asked
Santa Rosa Police Chief Mike Dunbaugh to convene a meeting, with
the largest segment of attendees at the meeting set to be ranking
Santa Rosa Police officials. The Council states that it then plans
to take the recommendation of this meeting as to whether or not
the cases should get independent review.
As such, the Santa
Rosa City Council has taken the women's complaints of misconduct
by Santa Rosa Police and put them back under the control of police;
Despite the fact that we've told the council the long history
of the department's defensive and obstructionist response to women's
complaints, Despite the fact that we have reminded the council
that this is the same department where in the last few years nearly
half the female officers have found the internal work environment
to be so hostile and discriminatory that the women officers have
up and left the department, Despite the fact that we have informed
the council that since writing the August 24th letter, we continue
to receive new complaints against Santa Rosa Police from new victims
who have called them for help, and Despite the fact that we have
given the City Council more than ample witness and document leads
to corroborate the validity of the seven original complaints.
Knowing all of this,
it is unspeakable for the City Council to throw the fate of the
women of Santa Rosa back into the hands of the same Department
that is so evidently systematically endangering women's lives
and violating their rights.
make five photocopies of the August 24th letter and this follow-
up. Pass the copies on to other people. Begin talking with people
about what you and they think needs to be done to stop this police
abuse of women.
take a set or two of this August 24th letter and follow-up pages,
add your own written comments and request for independent review
of the cases, and send it all to one or two of the following officials
or organizations. And please send a copy of your letter to us.
Rosa Mayor Janet Condron
and All City Council Members
P.O. Box 1678
Santa Rosa, CA 95402
General Janet Reno
Ms. Bonnie Cambell, Director Violence Against Women Office U.S.
Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, D.C. 20530
Attorney General Bill Lockyer
California Department of Justice
Sacramento, CA 94244-2550
General of Mexico
870 Market St., Suite 528
San Francisco, CA 9402
Phil Montez, Director Western Regional Office
U.S. Civil Rights Commission
3660 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 810
Los Angeles, CA 90010
National Council of La Raza
1111 19th NW Suite 1000
Washington, D.C. 20036
call us at 575-3150 if you'd like to get more involved in helping
to stop the Santa Rosa Police violations of women's and children's
You. Your Help Makes the Difference !