Mayor Steinberg got close to $750,000 approved so Sacramento PD could do 40 hours of Crisis Intervention Training.
But according to Christine Feenstra, a CPOA staff member during this period, Mark Coopwood invented a CIT course at CPOA in order to receive that money. The classes were incomplete and did not fulfill all of the CIT end-goals. At this point a large portion of that money has been handed to the CPOA.
SPD is preemptively sending out media releases about how its officers are almost completely done with the training. Their management doesn't even know these trainings were insufficient and underdeveloped. But we know, according to CPOA staff, that the officers mentioned never completed 40 hours of training. Even if it says they did so on paper.
We want answers.
Who provided the training? (Because one of the trainers walked out in the middle of week one.)
What were the list of course objectives covered and the learning techniques employed to achieve them?
Where and when was that training provided?
How many hours did the attendees complete?
How many officers attended the training?
How many officers completed the training?
How many officers didn’t complete the training?
How many officers didn’t attend the training at all?
Where did police officers do their 10 hours of onsite visitation of mental health facilities?
What are the consequences for any SPD officers and their supervisors for leaving any aspect of this training incomplete?
If any SPD officers didn’t attend the training is SPD going to pay back the taxpayers?
We’re pretty sure that CPOA isn’t handing any of that money back to City Council.
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CALL OUR BOARD OF SUPERVISORS LET THEM KNOW WE NEED COMMUNITY LED OVERSIGHT OF OUR SHERIFF DEPARTMENT
Under the guidance and nominal mentorship of Scott Jones, the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department has repeatedly shown a history of violence.
Adriene Ludd was shot at 59 times, suffering 13 bullet wounds in October 2015 by three Sheriff deputies. David McEntire who had killed a pastor’s son in their family home in 2012 was one of the deputies who fired on Ludd. Deputy Benjamin Green also discharged his weapon at Ludd who was lying on the ground. Deputy Troy Mohler also unapologetically “started blasting” at Ludd. Adriene never had a chance.
In November of 2016, Edward Currie died at Sacramento County Jail while under the Sheriff’s supervision. The official cause of death, according to the Sheriff, is a seizure, but it’s hard to explain how a 31 year old Black man without a history of seizures suddenly dies of one the night of his arrest.
Armani Lee was shot by Sac PD in February of 2017, but while in County Jail he continues to suffer abuse at the hands of the Sheriff. Sheriff deputies repeatedly taunt, threaten, place Lee in solitary confinement, and physically harass Lee who is still recovering from bullet wounds.
Ryan Ellis was visiting family when he was arrested uneventfully by two Sacramento Sheriff deputies for an alleged restraining order violation. Five hours later, on May 6th, he was admitted to the hospital for fatal head trauma. He never made it to the jail. We still don’t know the names of the deputies involved.