What happens when a police officer misbehaves? Who polices the police? Other Voices takes an in-depth look at civilian oversight of the police. How does it work in practice? What is the complaint process? What are the most common types of complaints against police officers? If an officer is deemed to have engaged in misconduct, what are the consequences?
Our guest, Judge LaDoris Cordell, is the Independent Police Auditor for the City of San Jose, having been appointed to that position after a national search, in April 2010. In 1988, Judge Cordell won election to the Superior Court of Santa Clara County, making her the first African American woman to sit on the Superior Court in northern California. Judge Cordell has been an on-camera legal analyst for CBS-5 television. Over the course of her distinguished career, she has received many honors for her contributions to civil rights and to the local community, including the Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association’s “Judge of the Year” award and the Silicon Valley NAACP’s Freedom Fighter Award. She was the 2011 recipient of the Don Edwards Defender of Constitution Liberty Award from the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the ACLU. And she is a 2012 recipient of the John W. Gardner Leadership award presented by the American Leadership Forum of Silicon Valley.
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