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Sen, Dodd holding 'Justice in Policing' town hall Tuesday evening

Sen, Dodd holding 'Justice in Policing' town hall Tuesday evening

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State Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, is hosting a Justice in Policing Virtual Town Hall on Tuesday evening that will include a panel of community leaders and give the public time to ask questions.

The 6 p.m. event will be streamed on government sites and YouTube.

Dodd and guests will cover community policing, race, and reform following recent police violence against people of color.

Dodd's goal is to give constituents a forum in which to discuss police violence and hear input from experts, according to his press secretary Paul Payne.

Guests joining Dodd at the town hall are the Rev. Dante Quick of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Vallejo; Bay Area psychologist Terri L. Thompson; Michael Gennaco, an expert on law enforcement reform and accountability systems; and Gabriel "Jack" Chin, professor at University of California at Davis Law School.

The public's comments will be noted and considered for future initiatives, Payne said. 

Dodd represents California's Third Senate District that includes parts of Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Yolo, Sacramento and Contra Costa counties.

On June 5, the state senator issued a statement after the June 2 shooting death of Sean Monterrosa by Vallejo police in Solano County and the state Department of Justice's announcement that it would review Vallejo police policies and practices following several officer-involved shootings in the city.

Dodd commented that the review was "a positive step, but there's much more we need to do."

He is seeking public input for possible legislation to curb police violence, especially against people of color, Payne said. He also wants to see an independent investigation into the Monterrosa shooting.

"The current audit is looking at practices but not specifically one incident," Payne said.

People can follow the meeting online at Dodd's official page, or on the Sonoma TV.org YouTube page.

SonomaTV.org and will be broadcast on radio locally on KSVY 91.3 FM. People can email questions to townhall@ksvy.org or call in to (707) 933-9133.

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