KQED’s Lauren Sommer has written up this report on the protests gathering steam over San Jose’s pick of Chris Moore as police chief:

Chris Moore. Photo: SJPD

Community groups in San Jose are rallying today over the city manager’s selection for the next chief of police.

City manager Debra Figone had narrowed the search to two candidates, Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts and acting San Jose Chief Chris Moore. On Thursday, Batts announced that he had not been selected. While the city manager’s office would not confirm that Moore has been chosen, Figone is expected to present a final candidate to the city council and mayor on Tuesday for a vote.

Community activist Walter Wilson says groups are concerned that Figone isn’t following through with a fair selection process. “We think she should be presenting two candidates to the city council so they can make the best choice.”

At a community meeting last night, a thousand people joined People Acting in Community Together and several other groups to ask for improvements in police- community relations.

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed was there to respond and said he would not support a police chief that didn’t take racial profiling seriously.

KQED News report with the quote from Reed:

Protests Over Choice of Moore as San Jose Police Chief 28 January,2011Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of EconomyBeat.org, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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