The City of Santa Rosa Police Department (SRPD) has published records related to internal investigations of two specific use-of-force incidents that occurred in May and June of 2020.
Both investigations were among the subjects discussed at a two-day Santa Rosa City Council Special Study Session held last month to publicly review the City’s response to community protests that occurred in Santa Rosa following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. During the Study Session, staff confirmed that the records for these two use-of-force investigations would be released to the public once completed, pursuant to California Senate Bill 1421 which requires law enforcement agencies to release records of any incident involving the use of force by an officer resulting in great bodily injury.
Both investigations were overseen by an independent auditor hired by the City of Santa Rosa to ensure the integrity of the investigative process. The process has now been completed, and records including police reports, body worn camera footage, internal investigation reports, and disciplinary actions can be found on the SRPD transparency webpage at srcity.org/Transparency.
Settlement agreements were reached previously with claimants in both instances of use-of-force.
Access to recordings of the May Special Study Sessions which include discussions regarding the use of force incidents can be found via the following links: