Things started to fall apart Oct. 6, 2010.
San Diego police officer Robert Acosta stepped into a Riverside County courtroom that day to face felony charges along with his wife, for trashing their foreclosed home.
The charges against Acosta began a seven-month stretch that saw 11 SDPD officers arrested or otherwise accused of serious misconduct. Ultimately, ongoing misconduct issues have led to the sudden retirement of the city’s longtime police chief, millions of dollars in legal settlements and continued calls for outside oversight of the department.
This guide will catch you up on what’s happened and what’s coming next.