It was a big week for Assemblywoman Shirley Weber’s ongoing efforts to address law enforcement misconduct, particularly in minority-heavy communities.
On Wednesday, San Diego activist Aaron Harvey testified in Sacramento in support of Weber’s bill to reform California’s flawed gang database. Harvey was arrested in 2014 and faced life in prison for a crime prosecutors admitted he didn’t take part in. They tied him to the crime using a novel legal theory because of his inclusion in the gang database.
Harvey has for years insisted he is not a gang member, and is listed in the database as a result of living in a certain neighborhood, and other trivial factors like being caught wearing certain colors or talking with friends and neighbors who are also in the database.
“Many in law enforcement have argued that oversight of CalGang would jeopardize public safety. Well, in the name of public safety, we need to stop the arbitrary use of CalGang and other shared databases by law enforcement to prevent cases like mine,” Harvey told the Senate Public Safety Committee.
Harvey noted that the bill would also create an advisory board that would include a member who had been impacted by inclusion in the database, and a family member of someone impacted by the database. “Having those impacted by gang labeling on this committee brings much lived experience that has been missing from the decision-making process.”
Weber’s bill would also give oversight control of CalGang to the state Department of Justice, and would require periodic audits. (Disclosure: My husband works for the Department of Justice.)
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Sara what does your husband do for the DOJ? My experience is that DOJ has the same level of corruption as SDPD and the DA's office as well- as it turns out SD Sherriff's- in fact they can work together to protect completely corrupt State and Federal law enforcement and Military brass/contractor relationships.
In San Diego we have and always have had the Navy and Marine Corp as well as contractors who want to make money off the somewhat mismanaged or perhaps lack of oversight is a better way to sate these contracts that include all sorts of $$ unaccounted for and probably will never be accounted for since at every level there is key personnel who are living beyond their means with kickbacks and are protected by law enforcement- and the FBI- infect right after reporting to the San Diego FBI civil rights violations by SDPD I became homeless, unable to get or keep a job, my two places of worship became enrolled in gathering any possessions that were mine and turned over to law enforcement in the protection of their own law breaking actions against an innocent citizen!.
I have been to SDPD IA on 3 different occasions and they refuse to take a report - Hence my reference to civil liberties and a visit to the FBI and an hour long meeting with Julia T (refused to identify herself) later I was told she was an analyst not an agent and no file could be found from the meeting.
Sara this also included the DOJ in the person of Helen Hong, and the security personnel who directed the call to Ms Hong. Ms Homg sounded drunk, was it Ms Hong at all? Then Ms Hong disappeared off the grid at DOJ was unreachable and my life was torn apart.
All of this revolves around a volunteer position at Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve and my friend and mentor Col Michele Williams USAF Reserves. And a contractor who provided the website and shirts, cups, trade show booths etc,. Apparently it took 1.6 Million of ESGR's budget to put up the website, stock it with quality merchandise and maintain it for a year. I reported this oddity. Watch out.
Do any of you know who to report this overall breakdown in law enforcement and due process and continued illegal entrance to my rental units?
It gets worse but suffice to say awful character defamation by law enforcement and continued vignettes of self incrimination (illegal acts opportunities provided by HHS, DA office allowing narcotics det Clark to take a report on the SDPD under the auspices of DA Greenberg's Spec ops office- here's the inside joke I was the spec ops target- what a waste of taxpayers money that was, My career has been interfered with, my housing (low income senior housing) has not only been denied but waited until move in date to be told "you make too much" so as to be left homeless!
All this to continue to collect records that incriminate all of the above,,,its worse than Nazi Germany, its California one of the supposedly progressive States acting with cruelty and corruption! Our military greed has gotten WAY out of control
so the Supreme Court is lowering the bar on the Bar? sounds like a Stephan Pastis pun.
and i caught that 'budding' reference.
It may be possible that more than one person made the suggestion that " scanning people’s driver’s licenses, which contain much of the info officers are supposed to input" would be useful, but the person that I observed was none other than Brian Marvel, president of the SDPOA.
It would have been equally useful if you had mentioned that Captain Marvel (I may have his permission to call him so) appears to have had disrespected many members of the public. And, a brief mention of the Emmy-winning POST presentation would have shown some courage.