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.
Summer Stephan is the leading candidate to replace District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis. In a wide-ranging interview on rape kits, police body cameras, ICE in local jails and more, Stephan crept closely to the line of saying she’d do things differently than Dumanis but never crossed it outright.
The author of an explosive Daily Beast story about a rape ring in the Gaslamp Quarter joins hosts Scott Lewis and Andrew Keatts this week to discuss some of the issues the story unearthed.
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.