HANDBAGS of HOPE – Coming October 10, 2015 to San Diego, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Dallas and more…

HANDBAGS of HOPE – Coming October 10, 2015 to San Diego, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Dallas and more…

HOHA-final-2015October 10, 2015 – HANDBAGS OF HOPE ACROSS AMERICA

Domestic Violence is one of the leading crimes against primarily women and children in the nation.  

In recognition of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the SDBPOA (as the San Diego Chapter of the National Black Police Association) is collaborating with the San Diego Family Justice Center, the Stephen Pierce Foundation, Tasteful Tuesdays SD, and other local organizations on October 10 presents HANDBAGS of HOPE.  

This event as part of a nationwide initiative to assist victims of family violence, is taking place simultaneously across the nation on October 10, 2015 with a goal to collect slightly used women’s handbag or purses filled with small toiletries.  

The SDBPOA and its partners will collect the handbags and donate them to domestic violence survivors.  

This is a monumental event bringing together NBPA Chapters with Domestic Violences resources across the nation for a worthy cause.  

Bring your used purses and handbags and donate them.  We will collect them at the ABM Parking Lot, 1100 Broadway from 10 AM – 2 PM.  

For further information contact Detective Rena Henrnandez (858) 212-3694 or Ben Kelso at (619) 980-4782.





imageThe SDBPOA has a special committee assigned to political activities.

All requests for SDBPOA support political support as a candidate for office or special legislation must be requested in writing and mailed to:

San Diego Black Police Officers Association

P.O. Box 532432

San Diego, CA 92153-2432

Attn: PAC

No requests will be made by telephone or email. Once your request is received, a member of the committee will contact the person or group making the request and schedule a conference with the committee.

The SDBPOA does not make financial contributions to any political campaign

What’s Happening in the SDBPOA

Several members including NBPA Region 1 President, Bryan Pendleton, is reporting out on the SDBPOA Actvities for 2015 at the NBPA National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

The SDBPOA is active and vibrant. We are out there serving the community. One of our goals is to be more visible in the community and celebrate our successes. Check out SanDiegobpoa.org or our social media to see what the organization has been doing this year. It is has been a strong year of activity from the SDBPOA.



  • Added Legal Advisor Lei-Chala Wilson

Supported and attended multiple community functions including;

  • SDPD Central Division Community March for Peace
  • JRYMCA MLK Breakfast
  • UAAMAC Breakfast
  • Alliance SD All People’s Breakfast
  • Voice & Viewpoint Gala
  • Blue Heart Foundation Breakfast
  • Blue Heart Presidential Dinner
  • Cesar Chavez Breakfast
  • Muhammad Mosque #8 Dinner
  • SD PanPac Luau
  • Archie Buggs Family Reunion
  • NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner

Supported school activities involving students at;

  • Knox Middle School
  • Porter Elementary
  • Nye Elementary School
  • Lincoln High School STEM Program
  • Reach One, Teach One
  • Outdoor Outreach
  • Delta Sigma Theta Embodi Project
  • Iftin Charter School
  • CURE Africa Project
  • SD Urban League & SDYUP Brothas w/Ties
  • SDSU

SDBPOA Hosted Events

  • Annual Prayer Breakfast
  • Thanksgiving Dinner Drive

SDBPOA Supported

  • Stephen Pierce Foundation Pro Players Christmas
  • Knox Middle School 8th grade Pizza Party & Celebration
  • Ice Cream Social at Porter Elementary
  • Salvation Army Feeding the Homeless
  • St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital Poker Night Fundraiser
  • Back to School Back Pack & School Supply Drive
  • Guardian Low Rider Project
  • San Diego Police Historical Association

Social Justice Activism

  • KCBQ Radio -Crime Time with Steve Albrecht – Could San Diego become a Ferguson
  • Renaming Robert E. Lee Elementary to Archie Buggs Elementary
  • Racism in Law Enforcement w/ Sully
  • KOGO Radio
  • KNSD News
  • Black Lives Matter Movement
  • Impact of Ferguson on Law Enforcement
  • KPBS Radio & Television media on racial profiling


  • After the March * What Now
  • Attendance as supporters of SD Black Lives/I Matter Rally
  • Lincoln High School meetings regarding the SD School District Police Armoured Vehicle
  • I Am My Brother’s Keeper Event at Malcolm X Library
  • Panel Discussion Participation on PC182.5 presented by Muhammad Mosque #8
  • SDSU Center for Intercultural Relations Workshop on Racial Profiling
  • Racial Profiling and How to Survive Encounters with the Police
  • Collaboration with local chapter of the NAACP on Know Your Rights


  • SD Union Tribune
  • Voice & Viewpoint
  • Informant

WEB – Editorials to facilitate discussion and learning on;

Twitter @sandiegbpoa


Petition campaign to rename Robert E. Lee Elementary School to Archie Buggs Elementary School in honor of fallen BPOA member Archie Buggs killed in the line of duty November 4, 1978. Please send a letter to the Parole Board and Governor Brown.


  • Joy Coleman awarded $500 to attend SD City College
  • Jesus Avalos awarded $250 to attend SW College


The SDBPOA is here to serve its membership by being the conscious of law enforcement and a vehicle of to bridge the gap between the community and the police. We are making a difference.  If you have ever wondered what we are doing, and beleive you can help, contact us.

Sign the Petition to rename Robert E. Lee Elementary School to Archie Buggs Elementary

Sign the Petition to rename Robert E. Lee Elementary School to Archie Buggs Elementary

A-Buggs-EOW_2547 The San Diego Black Police Officer’s Association asks you to join the effort to rename Robert E. Lee Elementary School to Archie Buggs Elementary. On November 4, 1978, San Diego Police Officer Archie Calvin Buggs was working as a patrol officer in the Skyline District of San Diego. He was a four-year veteran of the San Diego Police Department and served honorably in Vietnam. Officer Buggs was shot and killed that fateful evening after he made a traffic stop on two gang members for speeding. As he walked to the rear of the car, one of the suspects exited the vehicle and shot Officer Buggs six times.

A fellow officer located Patrolman Buggs lying in the street with his ticket book nearby. San Diego Police apprehended both suspects three hours later. The two suspects were convicted of Patrolman Buggs’ murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. The gunman was denied parole in 2010 and again in 2014.

Thirty-seven years after his death, Officer Archie Buggs is still without a memorial named in his honor for making the ultimate sacrifice for his community. We ask you to join this collective effort to rename the elementary school presently known as Robert E. Lee, to Archie Buggs Elementary School giving this school the prestigious honor memorializing a local hero of Southeastern San Diego by naming the school in the area he patrolled in his honor.

Click link below to sign petition


Appointment of Lei-Chala Wilson, Esq., as the SDBPOA Board Legal Advisor

Appointment of Lei-Chala Wilson, Esq., as the SDBPOA Board Legal Advisor

The San Diego Black Police Officer’s Association is pleased to announce
the appointment of former San Diego NAACP President Lei-Chala Wilson, Esq.,
as our Lei-Chala-Wilson_photo_20new Legal Advisor to the Board.  Ms. Wilson has an extensive resume and experience in the legal field for her work in the Public Defenders Office, work as a member of the National Bar Association, and San Diego Chapter President of the NAACP she brings to the SDBPOA.
Lei-Chala I. Wilson received her Economics degree from SDSU in 1985 and Juris Doctor from U.C. Davis, King Hall, in 1989. At U.C. Davis, Wilson was the 1989 Western Regional Champion of the National Trial Competition.

Wilson was with the Law Offices of the San Diego Public Defender for over 24 years. Wilson has tried over 120 jury trials to conclusion,  including misdemeanors, serious and violent felonies, three strikes cases, sex offenses, and homicides. She has completed several hundred preliminary examinations and argued numerous motions. Wilson is now in private practice.

Wilson served 6 years as the San Diego Branch President of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Wilson received the branch’s President’s Award in 2003 and the branch received the NAACP CA State Conference Dr. H. Claude Hudson Award in October 2010 and 2014. In 2013, the branch was recognized by the Jacob Center for Revitalizing Neighborhood Innovation Award, Talent Award Association (TAA) Community Impact Award and Epiphany Women In Focus Outstanding Achievement Award.

Wilson joined the CCRC (California Civil Rights Coalition) Steering Committee in 2013. This year Wilson received the Courage and Social Award from the BAPAC (Black American Political Association of California), San Diego Chapter and the Community Activist Award from the SDBPOA (San Diego Black Police Officers Association).

Wilson is a Past President of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW), San Diego Section. She received the NCNW SD Living Legacy Award in 2000 and the Bethune Woman of the Year Award in 2008.

In April 2010 Wilson received a gubernatorial appointment to the California Council on Criminal Justice. That same month the San Diego County Bar Association presented Wilson with the Outstanding Service By a Public Attorney. Wilson was also the recipient of the Black Contractors Association’s Social Justice Advocate of the Year Award in October 2010.  In March 2011, Wilson received a National Citation Award for Community Service from the Phi Delta Kappa, Inc., National Sorority, Delta Upsilon Chapter. In 2012, Wilson received the Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce Humanitarian Award.

Wilson is a Past President of the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association (EBGBA) (1998, 2006 and 2007) and the California Association of Black Lawyers (CABL) (2000 -2001). EBGBA presented her with President’s Award in 1993, 2002, 2008 and 2010, the Distinguished Service Award in 1996, 2003 and 2005 and the Thurgood Marshall Award for Legal Excellency in 2001. CABL presented Wilson with the President’s Award in 1999, 2006 and in 2007. In 2009 CABL presented Wilson with the David Cunningham Non-Profit Community Service Award.

Wilson is a Past Director of the National Bar Association (NBA) Region IX and served five years as the Chair of the NBA Criminal Law and Juvenile Justice Section. In 2009 Wilson served as Co-Chair of the NBA Legal Education Committee and received a National Bar Association Presidential Award.

In November 2006 Wilson was appointed to the State Bar of California Attorney Civility Task Force. In March 2007 Wilson was appointed to the San Diego Mayor’s Charter Review Commission that revised the San Diego City Charter that was considered by the San Diego City Council for the June 2008 ballot for voter approval.

Wilson served a three year term on the Board of the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties (2006 -2009). Wilson was also a Board Member of the San Diego Mediation Center (1994 – 1998) and on the Board of Trustees for the San Diego County Public Law Library (2001 – 2005).

Wilson is an Advisor and Past Chair of the State Bar of California Criminal Law Section Executive Committee and currently serves as the Education Chair and been involved with that committee since 1996. Wilson was a Delegate to the State Bar Conference of Delegates for the SDCBA (1994 – 1998) and on the Judicial Nominations Evaluation Committee in 2004, 2006 and 2008. Wilson was a recipient of the SDCBA’s first Diversity Award in 2001. She served on the State Bar of California, District Nine Nominating Committee, Executive Committee of the Conference of Delegates, in 1998.

Wilson was the Outstanding Match of the Year in 1996 and the Outstanding Attorney Volunteer in 2002 for the Volunteers in Parole, Inc. (VIP). She served on that committee from 1995 – 2010 as an Attorney Mentor and on its San Diego Advisory Committee.

Wilson is a frequent lecturer for the State Bar of California Criminal Law Section and has also spoken at programs for the NBA, American Bar Association (ABA), EBGBA Neighborhood Law School and the Ninth Circuit District Court Annual Conference in Guam and Saipan on criminal law topics, attorney civility, courtroom etiquette, elimination of bias, opening a solo practice, and case management.

Wilson has put together community forums that include the San Diego Mayoral, City Attorney, Assembly and Senate Districts, San Diego Unified School District board candidates and the 4th Council District candidates’ races, Hate Crimes, Prop. 54 and 19, renewal of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Student Privacy Rights, domestic violence awareness and the HEAT/S (Human Exploitation And Trafficking in Sex).

Wilson is a member of the State Bar of California, NBA (Life Member), CABL (Life Member), EBGBA (Life Member), Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles, Inc., ABA, California Public Defenders Association, SDCBA, California Women Lawyers, NAACP (Life Member), ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties, NCNW (Life Member), MLK Jr. Democratic Club, Blacks in Government (BIG) Greater San Diego Chapter and  Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce (CSDBCC).

Please join the San Diego Black Police Officer’s Association in welcoming Ms Wilson to the BPOA.  We proud and excited to have her on the BPOA team.

Officer Archie Buggs plaque commemoration

Officer Archie Buggs plaque commemoration

Officer Buggs

Officer Archie Buggs was shot and killed in the line of duty November 4, 1978.

The Black Police Officers Association in conjunction with the San Diego Police Historical Association will host a special event honoring SDPD Officer Archie Buggs at the museum by placing a special plaque commemorating his service to the community and why it is important Archie’s legacy carry on to the newer generation.

The event will be Wednesday, February 25 from 5-7pm at the San Diego Police Museum 4710 College Ave.

We cordially invite you to please join us to commemorate Archie Buggs on February 25 and tell a friend. (Share on all social networks)

San Diego BPOA Statement of Support for Vice President, Sergeant Arthur Scott

The mission of the San Diego Black Police Officers Association is to improve the relationship between police departments as institutions and the minority communities they serve. We continually work toward police reform, eliminating police corruption, police brutality and racial discrimination. The BPOA strives to improve upon the criminal justice system by evaluating the effect policies and programs used by law enforcement within minority communities, and to assist in recruitment efforts designed to encourage minorities to become police officers.  Lastly, the BPOA serves to encourage public cooperation with the police, while also encouraging and educating law enforcement officers to serve their communities with professionalism and compassion.

The BPOA works hard to overcome historical, institutional and societal barriers that once denied criminal justice practitioners of color, and women, equal access to the law enforcement career field. These forms of discrimination denied minorities the opportunity to be recruited, selected, trained, assigned, promoted, disciplined and commended within the law enforcement profession.

The BPOA membership supports Sergeant Arthur Scott who has filed a discrimination lawsuit against the San Diego Police Department and the City of San Diego, alleging unfair, discriminatory, and retaliatory actions personally taken against him by the police department.  We ask that our fellow officers and community members withhold judgment until a thorough investigation into the allegations is completed.  The BPOA supports any and all officer(s) that bring forward any issue(s) that would or could harm the positive relationship between the department and the communities we serve.

The BPOA will continue to demonstrate dignified, ethical policing, while working collaboratively with our community, and supporting the law enforcement profession.




Benjamin A. Kelso


San Diego Black Police Officers Association

“Listening : The Essential Component of Community Policing”

“Listening : The Essential Component of Community Policing”

The SDBPOA has recently been asked to weigh in on the current statecivilrights1

of affairs regarding community policing, body cameras, and the recent nationwide protests. In order to really have honest dialogue geared towards problem-solving it is necessary to admit the problem exists. The reductionist view of it is a matter of “perception” or the problem will go away when people stop talking about “it” is denial or naivety. 

As a recent CNN article points out,  (http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/26/us/ferguson-racism-or-racial-bias/) racism from the minority point of view is less about overt hostility and more about bias. The days of overt hostility in many ways has largely passed (although some would argue the latest issues seen across the nation are reminiscent of overt hostility).

In any case, implicit bias is difficult to eradicate when we do not want to acknowledge its existence, and instead rationalize it as being legitimate based on justifiable reasons. The truth is probably somewhere in-between. Focused dialogue is difficult to have and we get off topic, and people start getting off on tangents, which dilutes the conversation entirely. Each topic undoubtedly has some validity. Just listen to the people. Really listen, not to just the words, take it all in. Forget about talking about whether (or not) it’s helping the cause, why are NFL players making statements, or there is a black-on-black crime problem. The opposite exists as well. Are civilrights2any of these why people are expressing pain over these recent events? Just listen.

In order to try to understand the minority view of racism it is necessary to stop diluting the conversation, and look objectively at what appears to be history repeating itself. It could reasonably be said there has yet to be significant historical change in this specific area. Step outside our collective comfort zones and see how the long list of names of unarmed minorities killed in law enforcement encounters very closely mirrors the overt hostility of the past and resulted in essentially the same outcome. It is not saying some of the incidents resulting in law enforcement deaths in custody are not justifiable. It is also not saying that some may not be. That’s the tough one for law enforcement to openly consider. It means admitting we may have done wrong.

civilunrest4Historically, it when the people have expressed pain against the government (which means law enforcement as well) there has been discussion to bring about change. History has shown expression of pain comes in many different forms, and civil unrest is a clear indicator pain resulting from systemic dysfunction. This is not condoning civil unrest and unlawfulness, but rather, trying to understand it.



There is a myth about “unarmed” equating to “not dangerous.” San Diego listened when there were a rash of what many deemed controversial shootings by developing new tactics, better negotiations training for patrol, and bringing in less than lethal munitions. San Diego listened. Many other agencies in the country listened as well. Law enforcement should listen and always consciously consider the effect of our collective actions. We should always be looking a better way to do things. We want the communities trust. We need it. If anyone truly believes law enforcement is not constantly looking for a way to do things that saves lives for the better, than you are simply wrong.

As a nation, we have to ask ourselves why these deaths occur and what can Shoot Robert Braddock entering court in New Haven. He's on trial for campaign finance corruption. Braddock worked for Chris Donovan.we do about it without bringing in all the noise communication that takes away from the original conversation. We have to listen to understand. The system is not perfect. This is not minimizing, but rather stating the obvious fact the system still needs improvement and everyone should be a part of that conversation from the people to the courts. We have to take a wholesight view to better understand. Maybe that is why we have yet been able to have the conversation.

Nishan Panwar said, “All communication problems are because we do not listen to understand. We listen to reply.” That is what we are failing to do as people, we are failing to actively listen to one another. Instead we are choosing to think more about what we want to say, rather than thinking about what is being said. Listen more and hopefully things will get better.



Annual SDBPOA Thanksgiving Dinner Drive

Annual SDBPOA Thanksgiving Dinner Drive


Announcement: Come on out tomorrow November 19, 2014

to the Annual SDBPOA Thanksgiving Dinner Drive in conjunction with Brother’s United Fire Fighters, SDPD SE Division, SDFD, & NFLPA from 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM. 

The organizations together are leading the in the spirit of giving by showing care and donating Thanksgiving holiday dinners to needy families.

This is what holiday spirit and giving back is all about!!! SHARE