San Diego police officers acted “without warrants, probable cause, or reasonable belief,” when they roughed up a mother and her two sons inside their own business, according to a lawsuit filed by the family. The officers say they mistook the two brothers, who entered the store using their own keys, for burglars. The suit also claims officers lied in their official reports in order to cover up what happened.

William Lewinski, whose research has been challenged by the New York Times and The American Journal of Psychology, travels the country testifying on behalf of police in shooting cases. The San Diego city attorney’s office has paid for Lewinski’s services in at least three cases, including the ongoing case of Victor Ortega, an unarmed man shot by an officer in 2012.

Each month, VOSD editors, reporters and staff travel to different locations in San Diego County to discuss the issues. Our Member Coffee events provide an environment for readers to share their thoughts and ideas about San Diego, and give us feedback on our coverage. On Wednesday, we hosted August’s Member Coffee at the Rancho Santa Fe […]


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