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BLM Incident Report Makes Suggestions

An independent report finds no legal wrongdoing of officers during a Black Lives Matter rally that turned violent in Nevada City, in August of last year. But it does note that police and local government were caught off guard. It says only four local officers were available and there was very minimal assistance from outside law enforcement. It says officers did little to keep BLM supporters and counter-protesters separated. City Councilman Duane Strawser agrees with the report that more training is needed, since such incidents may no longer be rare in the future. But he’s not sure how effective that will be…


In her cover letter, Interim City Manager Joan Phillipe says the administration and city council need to be mindful of the resources and tools that are needed and be prepared to fund them. Strawser also notes that the report says the permit requirement is not consistently enforced…


Phillipe also says, in the letter, that the city has an experienced interim police chief, Ted Stec, who will conduct a strategic analysis of the department. A town hall meeting may also take place.

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