San Diego Leaders Seek Police-Community Relations Talks

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The shooting that killed veteran San Diego police officer Jonathan “J.D.” DeGuzman and wounded his partner Wade Irwin left residents and community leaders anxious, and calling for a discussion about police and community relations, says the San Diego Union-Tribune. “There is a serious conversation happening around the country about police and community relations, and I don’t think San Diego should be immune to that,” said Norma Chavez -Peterson of the American Civil Liberties Union.

It’s too soon to know if the shootings were ambushes like those of officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, attacks that have heightened tensions about the relationship between police and the communities they serve.  San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said investigators were piecing together the sequence of events that led to the shooting just before 11 p.m. Thursday.  Zimmerman said police were not connecting the shooting with the killings of police officers in other cities. “Until more information becomes available, we’re not going to tie it to anything else,” she said. “I want to be clear, we are not making any correlation yet. We just don’t know.”

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