Among the parade of horribles San Diego political and law enforcement leaders said would happen if surveillance video of a disputed police shooting was released was that potential jurors would be biased against the officer by seeing the video. This, they said, would harm the officer’s right to a fair trial.
Now that the video has been made public, San Diego officials are saying the opposite: The region has plenty of available jurors.
The flip-flop comes in legal filings made in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of the deceased man, Fridoon Rawshan Nehad. Last April, San Diego police officer Neal Browder shot and killed Nehad, who was unarmed and mentally ill. District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis declined to prosecute Browder, saying the officer was right to feel threatened by Nehad’s behavior.
The city’s original argument about the potential for problems finding an impartial jury was made in a September filing, when it was trying to prevent the release of video footage showing Browder shooting Nehad.