Today the City released body-worn camera video footage related to an incident involving Ms. Emerald Black and the San Leandro Police Department that occurred June 7, 2019. The City Council and staff extend their sincere condolences to Ms. Black and her family on the loss of her unborn child.
On May 25, 2020 Ms. Black filed a Federal lawsuit, which was served upon the City earlier today. The City is committed to transparency, balanced against the City’s interests to assess and respond to claims and, when appropriate, defend itself against litigation. The video footage is part of the package of facts that the City had in its possession, otherwise obtained, or received to review and assess Ms. Black’s claim. The City will review and appropriately answer Ms. Black’s lawsuit.