One of the main goals of the Citizens’ Law Enforcement Review Board is to ensure law enforcement officials who break the rules or abuse their power are held accountable.
But over the last year, the group failed to hold its own leader accountable, according to documents and emails obtained by Voice of San Diego through a public records request.
The board’s executive officer, Patrick Hunter, resigned on Nov. 15. Nearly a year earlier, in a statement to the board, Hunter acknowledged that he’d dropped the ball on several key job responsibilities — including addressing a growing backlog of open death investigations. He told the board that if he didn’t make “measurable progress” by June, they could fire him.
But by June, little progress had been made, leading to canceled meetings and citizen complaints being dismissed. Still, Hunter retained his job. A timeline of issues related to Hunter was put together by his staff prior to a November meeting with the head of the county’s Public Safety Group, which includes the district attorney’s office, the sheriff’s and probation departments, CLERB and the public defender, among others.
It’s not the first time a CLERB executive officer — a county staff position — has been accused of mismanagement. Carol Trujillo, who preceded Hunter, resigned in March 2010 amid a large backlog of uninvestigated complaints.
CLERB was created in 1990, via ballot initiative, to investigate complaints against county sheriff’s deputies and probation officers. Unlike the city of San Diego’s board, which reviews internal San Diego Police Department investigations, CLERB employs two full-time investigators, has subpoena power and publishes summaries of its findings. Investigators review evidence tied to a complaint and recommend findings to a board composed of volunteer appointees. The board then votes to either approve or reject the findings.
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Its interesting to understand the Supervisors appoint the CRD, my resume was taken by the City and I was told by the then head of the board that I had too many parking tickets to be on the CRB-- anyone care to wade in WHY I had so many tickets LOL
The reason the CRB drops the ball is, in my experience with CRB, purposeful yes children the police have 2-3 members that are appointed to this board IA (Internal Affairs) having a seat. These cases SDPD wants to protect police officers and law suits against the City. My guess these families of the deceased were low income and trusting that the City/County would do the right thing...so was I.
Ms Dumani adds to this by shielding bad cops through lack of prosecution and sometimes even hiring the officers in question- in my case Narcotics det Clark who now i DA Clark- if they are really criminals (based on their higher ups orders) they will gain rank and even, when rank isn't possible, Bonnie will hire them
Shame on you Kevin and shelley and Bonnie- you created a perfect storm of complete good ol boys (and girls) storm
It would be helpful to explain a little more about this board and how it functions. Anyone can apply to be a member, but it is the County’s Chief Administrative Officer who has discretion to nominate the candidates to the Board of Supervisors (who appoint). If the board members are doing a poor job, as is apparently the case, accountability lies, in significant part, with the CAO and the Board of Supervisors.
Mr. Jagger said: If you start me up If you start me up I'll never stop Never stop, never stop, never stop......
This is about a toothless bunch who, they would have us believe, can effect change in policing. And this group is the example, the template that the City Of San Diego seeks to mimic.
I'll stop there. Everything about the subject lot is about non-starters.