Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman maintains that SDPD’s approach not to test every rape kit is smarter and more efficient. “You might say we have a professional disagreement,” said City Attorney Mara Elliott, who believes all kits should be tested.
A long-awaited study on whether the San Diego Police Department engages in racial profiling found some evidence of bias but was ultimately restrained in its conclusions. But a draft copy of the study obtained by Voice of San Diego was far more aggressive. In the final version, harsh language was softened and some troubling findings were taken out entirely.
In two cases this month, the Citizens’ Law Enforcement Review Board found sheriff’s deputies weren’t at fault for not placing a man on suicide watch, despite obvious, documented signs that both men were at risk.
One of the main goals of the Citizens’ Law Enforcement Review Board is to ensure law enforcement officials who break the rules or abuse their power are held accountable. But over the last year, the group failed to hold its own leader accountable, according to documents and emails obtained by Voice of San Diego through […]
Last year, police stopped a group of boys in Logan Heights for wearing blue and walking in a public park. They collected DNA swabs from all of them, despite a state law that would seemingly prevent them from doing so. A new lawsuit from the family of one of the boys is challenging department policy.
The Citizens’ Law Enforcement Review Board, an independent oversight body that investigates complaints against county law enforcement officers, has more open death cases than at any time in its history.
Political leadership has been key to alleviating homelessness in other major cities. Virtually everyone agrees it’s been missing in San Diego. Now Mayor Kevin Faulconer says homelessness will be a top priority in 2017.
When Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced he’d be heading up the statewide campaign to oppose Proposition 57, a criminal sentencing reform measure, it took some folks by surprise. Faulconer secured two big contributions from San Diego supporters but has been less successful in winning support from the communities most impacted by over-incarceration.
It’s been nearly two years since a state audit found that less than half of all rape kits at three California law enforcement agencies were actually analyzed. Since then, two of the agencies have made it a practice to test all sexual assault kits. The third agency examined in the audit, the San Diego Police Department, is doubling down on its decision to leave many kits untested.
District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis didn’t clear up much about her relationship with José Susumo Azano Matsura, the wealthy Mexican businessman who’s been charged with making illegal contributions to San Diego political races, in her testimony Wednesday.