Monday morning, three U.S. Department of Justice officials announced the department would be reviewing the San Diego Police Department in response to a rash of officer misconduct allegations. This is what we know so far.
The city asked for this, but the feds say the review will be independent.
Over the next six to eight months, the Justice Department will be looking at the roughly 15 serious misconduct allegations that have arisen against SDPD officers over the past few years. The cases range from officer DUIs to serial sexual misconduct. The feds also will be reviewing SDPD’s internal investigation process, recruiting and hiring procedures and other areas.
Federal officials won’t actually conduct the review, though. The DOJ has enlisted the Police Executive Research Forum, a nonprofit police research organization, to do the work.
“If you’re looking at training, then we want to make sure that the people who are going to be evaluating the training literally wrote the book on training,” said Ronald Davis, a DOJ employee who oversees the department of community-oriented policing. “If we’re looking at sexual misconduct and there are certain nuances with that, then we should have the expert to go with that.”
The DOJ is paying for the review – it won’t cost the city anything. The fact the city isn’t paying for it is one way to ensure the assessment will be independent, Davis said. All findings will be made public.
SDPD asked for the review to take place. Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said the department invited federal officials to see what it can do to better.
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Question regarding a story in the news about El Cajon PD doctoring photos of crime scene in court. This is a huge issue with me as this is what I have been screaming about for 4 years after my son was killed. The district attorney office was aware of this issue with SDPD and Sgt. Friedman before Arevalos arrest. Court docs show Arevalos and Friedman would take evidence including pictures from other detectives files. Not keeping any hopes for the federal investigation. Like Judge Fraser said about a key witness not allowed to testify in the Arevalos trial "Have they been living in a cave".
My question, Is it legal for police departments to doctor photos from a crime scene that could change the outcome of either accident or homicide?
@James Weber Ya mean Walt Vasquez, can't remember the female, Joe Ramos, Manny Guaderrama & Dan ??? (White)
Ya mean THOSE white???? people?
Out of six main faces that are in focus, four of them are Hispanic. An additional Two are semi identifiable. So half of the identifiable people are not white. Yet those same people are among the highest ranking people on the police department (or retired high ranking from the department)
What point are you trying to prove?
James, understand your frustration but as a black friend of mine told me while investigating my son's death. Idi Amin has killed hundreds of thousands of blacks and he is black. With that said corruption usually is the color, religion, party, of money or power.
Unfortunately the minority, whatever their color are told to stand down.
That Jan Goldsmith, who gives carte blanche to his deputies to use every dirty tactic they can to abuse victims of police abuse at huge taxpayer expense, and who has been an apologist for dirty cops throughout his tenure, is weighing in and commenting, should prove that whatever investigation will be futile.
Remember the Bank of America chalked he wrongfully prosecuted? Remember his putting a tail on a sex assault victim and grousing about those dirty lawyers who were going to make money on the backs of the misconduct of the chief, who Goldsmith supported throughout his misconduct.
C'Mon folks, get a clue. This city is dirty inside ad out.
According to your article, the fed review will include “,,,recruiting and hiring procedures and other areas”. This is a hunting license, pure and simple, so don’t be surprised if the investigation ranges far and wide, apparently what most of the myriad critics of SDPD want.
Consider this: The city has given the Eric Holder Justice Department, that bastion of democracy which helps Barack Obama shred the constitution and stonewalls every investigation congress has attempted to make on numerous issues beginning with “Fast and Furious”, carte blanche to find that the real problem in the department is that the percentages of each of the myriad racial groups in town aren’t proportionately distributed throughout each level of SDPD, and that women, although we now have a female chief, have been systematically discriminated against by the “old boy” network. You may even see former captain Roulette Armstead, who retired in a pique after being “passed over” for the top job a couple of chiefs ago, reappear as star “witness”.
We will undoubtedly also get an analysis of “disparate” arrest rates for the various racial groups.
Notice that the Philadelphia police chief asked for federal “help” last year and that investigation hasn’t been completed yet. You can expect a lengthy effort here, particularly since this is the only city in the ten most populous with a (Gasp) Republican mayor. Politicized federal investigations are now standard practice, so watch out!
Who knows? They may even find time to investigate recent officer misconduct issues.
Mr. Bradshaw: Indeed, things must be pretty rough if a Republican mayor feels it necessary to ask the Justice Department in a Democrat administration for help.
Here are some ways to ensure your town looks like a backroom operation: Innumerable influential people support the police chief to the hilt, although he himself acknowledges the need for an independent review of his own department as evidence of problems mount. Then he abruptly resigns and tactfully disappears from the scene. The new mayor appoints a long-time insider from the same department (and a personal friend) who is widely lauded for getting along with everyone. Then the US Department of Justice steps in amid apparent acknowledgement that the department leadership is incapable of identifying the root of and addressing its own problems. Reality check: If Mr. Landsdowne was a competent police chief, why was he incapable of guiding the department such that it could have avoided the apparently necessary indignity of an external review by the feds?
The Chief coming out in support of her vice cops holding 20+ strippers for 2 hours and photographing them full body sure sounds like business as usual. A common legal guideline is 20 minutes for a detention, not 2 hours. So if they were not free to leave, they must have been under arrest? Hopefully the proper paperwork for the arrest, including all probable cause and the 849b release was completed for each one.
If the strippers are telling the truth about requesting to leave and being denied, welcome to the first taxpayer payout for police misconduct under Zimmerman.
Elmer - trying to find something but maybe an Asst Chief left to be the chief of another dept?
@Tyred The strippers have already filed a claim. Time to raise taxes.
The independent review points out the depth and extent of the corruption and misdeeds in the department. It looks like honest and trustworthy officers are few and far between, especially in the command structure. I understand one of the asst. chiefs has already resigned and left town. I only thought we had a weak police chief and not a pattern of corruption. Guess I was wrong.
No longer will her puppets be able to hide behind Lansdowne! The public will now know all the corruption which exists in this house of rats. I will definitely have some information to share...
" Zimmerman has made it clear she doesn’t believe SDPD needs a monitor." What else could she say?
@James Weber Well, she could've said, "...she doesn't believe SDPD needs a large tropical carnivorous lizard of Africa, Asia, and Australia."