In a letter to Sacramento's Police Chief Daniel Hahn and Mayor Steinberg, NPPA's general counsel, Mickey H. Osterreicher, expresses disappointment in the new media policy issued in May, 2020, by the Sacramento Police Department. Also joining in the letter is Society of Professional Journalists, NorCal Chapter; Freedom of Information Committee Co-Chairs, Christine Peek and Lauren Smiley; Committee to Protect Journalists, Courtney Radsch, Advocacy Director; Freedom of the Press Foundation, Trevor Timm, Executive Director
"In the wake of the wrongful detention of working journalists reporting on a protest over the death of Stephon Clark on March 4, 2019, our organizations spent months working with Department officials to craft a policy that would help foster greater public trust in the Department. Unfortunately, Department officials ignored most of our suggestions and instead published a media policy that puts Sacramento behind its counterparts in San Francisco and Oakland," Osterreicher writes.
These organizations "call on Sacramento elected officials to take the steps necessary to require that SPD revise its new policy to correct these defects and restore the community’s trust."
The complete letter and a copy of the Sacrameto Police Department General Orders can be read here.