Body camera footage discovered by the city attorney’s office after a homeless man was convicted of an infraction shows a San Diego Police officer gave false testimony multiple times under oath. The city attorney’s office didn’t notify SDPD about the officer until contacted by Voice of San Diego.
Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman told a City Council committee she prefers the current system for when to release policy body camera footage — in which she and Mayor Kevin Faulconer decide on a case-by-case basis — to the creation of a formal policy.
My experience with an angry MTS officer who kicked me off the trolley taught me a lesson about investigative journalism. My encounter should teach MTS a lesson, too.
MTS has outfitted its own officers with body cameras since 2014 but still has no official policies guiding their use or the release of footage. Now, it’s outfitting private contractors with cameras too – but that footage will stay private.
Security officers believed Allen Koka was trespassing when he showed up to his cleaning job at MTS headquarters in 2014. They arrested him in a violent encounter even after a supervisor confirmed he worked there. Among the MTS officers involved were two who have been accused of violence before and remain on the job, a joint investigation by Voice of San Diego and NBC 7 Investigates has found.
The Chargers have some bitterness to overcome in San Diego, the state of the state education budget and a corgi in PJs because Mondays are hard.
As the San Diego Sheriff’s Department prepares to roll out a test run of body cameras, the citizen oversight group that investigates complaints against the department says the sheriff needs to tweak its policies. The group’s No 1 concern: Don’t let deputies review the footage before they write up reports.
Voice of San Diego’s Liam Dillon makes a guest appearance to talk with Mike Wagers, the chief operating officer with the Seattle police, about what prompted them to make all of their dashboard and body camera video footage available for the public to view.
NBC 7’s Monica Dean and Voice of San Diego’s Liam Dillon discuss which police are already using body cameras and what you need to know about them.
Four of the 11 police departments in the county already have body cameras and the rest are considering them.