Sacramento City Council Call-In Action
Give Public Comment to City Council: City Police Response to White Supremacists in Sacramento
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January 19, 2021 @5PM
The City of Sacramento has requested the Sacramento Police Department to present their response to white supremacist protests at the state capitol, and has asked for the public to call-in to discuss concerns.
This business as-usual agenda item is not nearly enough given the danger of escalated white supremacist presence in our city, and given the disparate police response to white supremacist’s actions compared to Black Lives Matter protests. But it is an opportunity to educate City Council about just how impactful and harmful their inaction and the police response has been. It is also an opportunity to ask for a more appropriate community forum to address violent policing at protests.
First, the Sacramento City Police will make a presentation during Item #16 to the City Council.
Police Presentation link: MetaViewer.php (granicus.com)
Second, the Mayor will open the phone lines for Public Comment.
Call (916) 808-7213 and Dial 3 to Make a Comment on Item 16
Third, City Councilmembers will ask questions to Sacramento City Police and perhaps declare next steps.
Call-in before item #16. City council will cut off public comment as soon as the comment is called. We anticipate waiting awhile before being able to speak.
If you would like to participate anonymously, we will report stories to city council without using names or identifying information. Send your information to NLG Sacramento attorney email@example.com. We know many do not feel safe, given the bias and retaliatory tactics of local police.
When you are calling-in for public comment, law enforcement is listening. Please be careful not to say anything that law enforcement may use to surveil or incriminate you, your friends, or any of our community members. We have multiple reports of people being harassed by law enforcement after participating in public forums such as this. If you would like advice on content you are unsure of, please contact National Lawyers’ Guild: firstname.lastname@example.org, or Lawyers’ Committee: email@example.com.
The expectation is that the police presentation will look a lot like the video the Department posted on their Twitter: https://twitter.com/SacPolice/status/1350201938214674433?s=20, which is chock-a-block full of inaccuracies.
Community and self-care before, during, and after the city council meeting: It can be difficult, and retraumatizing for those of us who experienced violence by the hands of the Sacramento City police, to watch city officials and law enforcement lie about events or spin the harm they caused into something good. Please be prepared to take steps you need to stay healthy during this process.
(Example) Talking Points:
Disparities in police response:
Every week for the last two months, Proud Boys, Trump supporters, and other white supremacists have circled the State Capitol building to protest the presidential election outcome. There are many substantiated reports of Proud Boys harassing pedestrians of color, unhoused people, and downtown residents. There are even reports and videos of physical attacks. The Sacramento police have not intervened.
The city's police response to white supremacist groups post-election is in stark contrast to the way police brutalized Sacramentans who protested police brutality last summer after George Floyd's very public and horrifying execution by Minneapolis police. Sacramento police, supported by the National Guard, responded with ruthless force against p