County law enforcement leaders released video Friday of a recent police shooting in El Cajon. But their reasoning for doing so sends an odd message to the public the next time something similar comes up.
On this week’s podcast, we tried to get a sense of the little bit of information that’s come out about the shooting of an unarmed man in El Cajon that’s led to days of protests.
El Cajon Police Chief Jeff Davis has said his office, and the San Diego County district attorney’s office, will both investigate a shooting that took place Tuesday in which a black man killed by police. As that process plays out, here’s what we know about when an officer can legally shoot someone, how the DA approaches the release of shooting videos and how San Diego officers who’ve killed people have been handled in previous cases.
The San Diego Police Department is still conducting curfew sweeps, which happen largely in certain neighborhoods. The department has long held that the sweeps are meant to keep young people safe and to deter crime. Here’s what happened when a VOSD reporter joined SDPD for a curfew sweep ride-along, then returned weeks later to experience another curfew sweep from a community resident’s perspective.
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.
In a sworn deposition obtained by Voice of San Diego, San Diego Police Officer Neal Browder said he did not face any internal discipline or reprimand following an April 2015 incident in which he shot and killed an unarmed, mentally ill man. Browder also said that he was never interviewed by anyone in the district attorney’s office, or anyone in internal affairs, although both offices investigated the incident.
An explosive state audit confirms many of the fears that San Diego Assemblywoman Shirley Weber and others have long expressed about the state’s gang database: that it cannot ensure individuals’ privacy, that people can be entered in the database without proper substantiation and that people are kept in the database long after their names should have been purged.
California police are exploiting a lucrative loophole that incentivizes profits over justice. A bill moving through the state Legislature would rein in asset forfeiture abuse.
Two households waited several minutes each when they called for help to report an intruder. San Diego Police have responded to public pressure by discussing monthly average wait times. But those figures can paint a misleading picture. “I’m acknowledging that two-minute, five-minute, seven-minute wait times, those do occur,” an SDPD spokesman told us.
After starting a traffic court clinic for law students, an attorney noticed a problem with many speeding tickets she’d reviewed. If the city can’t provide an up-to-date traffic survey for the road where the stop happened, a speeding ticket could be unenforceable. In many cases, it can’t.