Beware the gangster babies.
Among the explosive findings included in a new audit of the state gang database, CalGang, auditors say they found “42 individuals in CalGang who were supposedly younger than one year of age at the time of entry—28 of whom were entered for ‘admitting to being gang members.’”
The state Legislature, prompted by San Diego Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, requested the audit, which was released Thursday.
The database is a statewide tool that provides law enforcement officers access to data about an individual’s gang ties.
But Weber said that she was troubled when she struggled to find basic details about how the gang database operates. Now the audit has provided some of those answers – and they’re disturbing.
The audit confirms many of the fears that Weber and others have long expressed about the CalGang system: that it cannot ensure individuals’ rights to privacy, that people can be entered in the database without proper substantiation and that people are kept in the database long after their names should have been purged.
We Stand Up for You. Will You Stand Up for Us?
A test of the accuracy of the database; how it is abused; and how it endangers everyone, including cops.
About two weeks ago, two cops, from the Gang Enforcement Unit, saw two hispanic men walking at about 11P.M. One of the cops got out of his car to have a chat with one of them. One of the men, the 52 year old alleged shooter, is said to have been a gang member (was he in the database?) Perhaps he, the shooter, feared for his life. Perhaps, the cop who wanted to make conversation should have activated his body-camera, before making citizen contact, as his department demands, rather than after bullets started flying.
@Jean Colston How do you know this Jean? Please expand on your comment.
You have brought what has always been known from the dark into the light where there can be no denying.
Now fix it, if possible, to be the proper tool it was meant to be. If it can not be fixed correctly don't use a band aid . Throw it out and build a new one the proper way.
Shirley Weber for Sheriff!!
Thank you Assemblymember Weber.
These audits are one of the most powerful tools available for legislators to use when seeking justice for their constituents and everyone in California. Often they are a last resort, when other attempts through agencies or the courts have been denied or defeated.
When used thoughtfully=-as in this case- people's lives are changed in immeasurable and positive ways, taxpayer dollars are conserved and- most importantly- broken systems and processes that no longer serve the public interest or provide justice are exposed- and changed.
Congratulations for getting for justice for so many people throughout California.
@lorisaldana Now, if only influential persons such as you, and I daresay, Assembleymember Weber, would opine as publicly and forcefully on the ongoing suppression, manipulation or adulteration of the SDPD Vehicle Stop Report.