The Elk Grove Police Department issued the press release below regarding a traffic stop that took place over the weekend. The video posted by the family has since gone viral. EGPD released the in car camera footage as well as body camera footage from the officer.
Statement from Elk Grove Police Chief Timothy Albright
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September 16, 2020
On the evening of Sunday, September 13, the Elk Grove Police Department was made aware of a traffic stop involving one of our officers that was captured on video and was circulating on social media.
As is our practice to be transparent, Chief Albright has solicited an outside entity to conduct an independent investigation into the incident and to provide an impartial and independent review.
After becoming aware of the video posted to social media, we reached out to the family. Chief Albright began a dialogue with family members and invited those family members to meet in person. Along with Chief Albright and Assistant Chief Davis, the officer involved in the traffic stop volunteered to meet with the family and be a part of the process. Chief Albright also invited a member of the Chief’s Community Advisory Board (CAB) to take part in the discussion. We remain willing to be part of the discussion.
One of the issues that arose from several viewers of the video was the unauthorized cloth face covering worn by the officer during this interaction. Recognizing that one of our core responsibilities is to project neutrality and pay deference to others’ perspectives; in this instance we fell short of that responsibility. The Elk Grove Police Department provided guidance on April 8, 2020 on the type of cloth face coverings expected to be worn by our staff. Following the above event, Chief Albright issued an administrative directive (LINK) to staff.
The Elk Grove Police Department remains committed to transparency and policing that reflects our Mission, Vision, and Values.
To view the in-vehicle camera footage
To view the body-worn camera footage