Last year, a police car followed deputy public defender Geneviéve Jones-Wright on her way home to southeastern San Diego. She captured the unfolding events on video.
“Officers with guns drawn told her to exit the vehicle. A crowd gathered. Officers put Jones-Wright in handcuffs in the back of their car while drug dogs searched her car,” our Andrew Keatts reports. “Officers soon determined a clerical error at the DMV had led them to believe her car was stolen. She was sent on her way.”
Her way now includes a bid to become county district attorney as a Democrat and a candidate dedicated to progressive reform instead of the tough-on-crime status quo.
In a Q-and-A with VOSD, Jones-Wright talks about racial profiling, defending the poor and improving gang policing. She also discloses what the police chief told her about the incident: “What she expressed to me was that it seemed a lack of discretion, or that discretion was exercised in a way in that particular situation that it didn’t have to be that.”
When the Civil War Came to San Diego
In 1861, a California assemblyman named Dan Showalter shot another legislator to death in a duel, collected 15 Confederate sympathizers and then headed to the South to slaughter some Yankees. First, though, he had to get through the backcountry in the backwater of San Diego County.
We could barely have been a friendlier territory. California was part of the Union, but San Diego was a stronghold of Confederate support and dislike of Abraham Lincoln. Would Showalter make it through the county alive? Yes. His bloody end in a Mexican saloon was still to come. But, as my new history flashback story for VOSD reveals, he had a mighty close call with Union troops during California’s only face-off between Union troops and Confederate wannabes.
We Stand Up for You. Will You Stand Up for Us?
Ms Jones-Wright- It is good to hear that you are running against anyone Ms Dumanis would hand pick - since I have experienced, first hand, the level of corruption that Ms Dumanis, and DA Greenberg (Spec ops at the time)
will deal an unsuspecting citizen. Such an abuse of public trust!
The primary reason our police force remains problematic is Ms Dumanis, but if she hand picks her replacement how will we eradicate the corruption both at SDPD and the DA office?
I would love to work on your campaign call raise funds -
We also need to get an African American (maybe 2 or 3) on the CRB which our Mayor appoints!