by Ashley Gardner Tuesday, October 13th 2020
REDDING, Calif. — A group of policing advisors to Governor Gavin Newsom have released new recommendations for how law enforcement should respond to protests. The findings were presented by Ron Davis, former Director of the United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services under President Obama and Lateefah Simon, an activist and the founder of the Akonadi Foundation.
“The role of police officers in protests and demonstrations is to keep the peace, and facilitate the ability of protesters to demonstrate peacefully without infringing on their First Amendment rights,” said Governor Newsom. “Implementation of these recommendations will help ensure our law enforcement agencies are better equipped to respond safely to protests and demonstrations and reinforce the values of community partnership, de-escalation, and restraint.”