Geneviéve Jones-Wright was driving home from Mission Beach last year when an SDPD officer began to follow her back to southeastern San Diego, where she was raised and lives today.
She pulled over in front of the Malcolm X Library in Valencia Park — where she earlier in the day had taught Lincoln High’s mock trial students. 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. Officers soon determined an error at the DMV had led them to believe her car was stolen. She was sent on her way.
She’s now running to be San Diego’s next district attorney.
Jones-Wright was well into a career in public service by the time of the January 2016 incident, which she captured on video and which has been viewed 51,000 times on her Facebook page.
She’s been a deputy public defender in her hometown since 2006, after getting her law degree from Howard University School of Law. She’s also a volunteer attorney for the California Innocence Project and a commissioner on San Diego’s Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention.
She’s the only Democrat so far to challenge interim District Attorney Summer Stephan in the 2018 race to be the county’s top prosecutor.
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In the past five years I've met three Deputy DAs in their official capacities. None impressed me as anything other than someone interested in anything other than a conviction. Truth didn't matter; clearly impossible material in a police report is touted as credible. Impact didn't matter; juvenile probation terms from a photocopied sheet that meant the juvenile must give up his job and extracurricular activities. It was all about closing files and declaring victory.
I wish Jones-Wright a lot of luck.
Well its nice to know that Zimmerman actually takes calls and meets with citizens. After being instructed by Mr Ly on the Mayor's staff to call Zimmerman 44 calls later not one returned call and still an issue with law enforcement acting illegally.
It is amazing how "law" enforcement and those entrusted with legitimate power of the law also use it to break the law, specifically, DA detectives and SDPD captains. I am white a native San Diegan and never had any issues with the law until I ran into a volunteer position with Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve- or what really occurred was retired officers get contracts for your business and those of your family and friends (nepotism)
When Ret Gen Gravett was appointed (by Jerry Brown) to head the VA, contracting to doctors, and medical professionals as well a HHA, and EDD were used a bribery to cover up the contracting methods of Gravett and his old ESGR buddies- specifically overcharging the taxpayer to create slush funds for operations not approved nor even seen by Congress.
You get in between a DoD contracted (and Homeland Security) and his illegal ways and your life is over as you had known it...its frightening what connections these old goats have - reaches right down through Chris VanGorder to Shelly's cops and Dumanis's Detectives- housing, worship, friends, and children (not to mention due process of law) and career all ruined. Communications cell phone, internet connection all interfered with
medical reports (yes Chris) stolen right off your computer. And the FBI, Chris Sedmak as well as the shadowy Julie T. Our public corruption is not to be believed. Judges and attorneys who throw away their integrity and oaths- and most shocking- surgeons, and doctors and Jerry Brown himself
I am happy to see Dumanis gone, and I support this young woman who understands true "law enforcement" in San Diego!
I agreed to introduce Geneviéve Jones-Wright at her campaign announcement yesterday as a way to support a young woman who is a first time candidate, and seeks to expand her work in providing "justice for all" to the people in San Diego County.
Please review her background, education, experience and commitment to restorative justice. It is impressive and needed in the DAs office.
Clearly, Geneviéve has taken on a challenge- but she has done that throughout her life. She has overcome daunting economic obstacles to become the first in her family to graduate USF, then earn advanced degrees from Howard University Law School and California Western School of Law, where she studied federal procedures.
I believe she will be "smart on crime"- not simply tough.
For example: she understands that ALL sexual assault evidence kits (SAKs) need to be tested and DNA compared to other criminal cases that may remain unsolved, both to provide justice to victims and survivors, and to ensure the right persons are charged for the crimes they have committed. DNA evidence can be used both to convict and to exonerate. There is no excuse to leave SAKs untested.
This is in direct contrast to the current acting DA, who is trying to find a "middle ground" to explain why she is unwilling to clear the thousands of SAKs that remain in law enforcement evidence storage.
I look forward to a spirited DA campaign on these and many other issues.
Than you for an interesting and informative article. I believe that there is going to be an interesting debate concerning Justice in our County
The Cassandra complex is a psychological phenomenon in which an individual's accurate prediction of a crisis is ignored or dismissed. I predicted nothing, I prefer to leave that dark art to others. I observed that the data was watered down (by whom; the SDPD, the City?) but was ignored, even by VOSD; especially by VOSD. The issue of Racial Profiling is not yet a crisis, but ought to be made one.
BTW; San Diego's Vehicle stop data, for the SDSU report period, shows that Black women are stopped at the lowest rate, Asian women the most.
Go figure after discarding the stereotypes.
The stop rate for Black men more than makes up for it. No one can figure, so they resort to water
Soft on crime is not the philosophy I want from the DA. Can't wait for the interview with her opponent so I know who to support.
@craig Nelson I may have misunderstood your comment, but was impressed that you hold that respecting the constitutional rights of Blacks and Latinos is being soft on crime. To put it another way those people and crime are equated. Informed people hold otherwise, they recognize and understand why reports that conclude otherwise are watered down, even after the data, upon which they rely, has been itself watered-down.
It is a [an ancient Mariner] racist policeman,
And he stoppeth one of three.
'By thy long grey beard and glittering eye,
Now wherefore stopp'st thou me?
---with respect to Coleridge
That cop was an idiot. Shelley's not much better.
There's lots of things that need to be changed.
"Becoming Ms. Burton"