Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 50 / 14 December 2017
 

Gay Richmond police chief leaving for Tucson, AZ

Richmond police Chief Chris Magnus. Photo: Jane Philomen Cleland.

Richmond police Chief Chris Magnus. Photo: Jane Philomen Cleland.

Chris Magnus, the out gay police chief of Richmond, California, is leaving his post in the East Bay city to become chief of Tucson, Arizona’s police department, according to media reports.

Richmond police spokespeople didn’t respond to requests to interview Magnus.

In an email, spokespeople for Tucson police declined to be interviewed “until Chief Magnus arrives in Tucson and takes over the department.”

Crime rates in Richmond have dropped since Magnus took office in 2006. The chief also garnered attention last December when he and others from his department stood with people protesting national incidents of police brutality and held a sign that said, “Black Lives Matter.”

Police in Richmond have “done some incredible work,” Alicia Garza, who identifies as queer and is co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, said at the time. The department “has a lot to show” other police agencies in terms of addressing problems like racism and a lack of transparency.

Richmond City Councilwoman Jovanka Beckles, a black Latina lesbian and the city’s vice mayor, called Magnus’ participation “a beautiful image of our city.”

Beckles added, “Our police department actually respects our community,” and called the police officials’ act “a perfect example of community policing, not military policing.”

 

— Seth Hemmelgarn, November 24, 2015 @ 1:11 pm PST
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