This summer, a federal jury will decide if San Diego police condone sexual and other serious misconduct by officers and if a code of silence prevents misconduct from being investigated.
A victim of ex-officer Anthony Arevalos is suing the city. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Michael Anello said lawyers for the victim, known as Jane Doe, have provided enough evidence to allow a jury to determine if Arevalos was a bad apple who acted alone or the department’s culture tolerated his behavior. Here’s why:
The department didn’t seriously discipline Arevalos despite numerous instances of sexual misconduct.
For years sexual misconduct complaints against Arevalos piled up, but he was never seriously punished. Anello listed five instances, ranging from allegations he sexually assaulted a woman with mental disabilities in the late 1990s to two departmental investigations that cleared Arevalos of sexually assaulting a DUI arrestee in 2010.
Yet Arevalos’ personnel file only contained documentation of getting caught with computer porn, Anello said.