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VOSD Podcast: A Statewide Investigation Of Convicted Cops Who Kept Their Jobs

This week on the VOSD podcast, hosts Scott Lewis, Andrew Keatts and Sara Libby unpack a statewide investigation of law enforcement with investigative reporter Jesse Marx.

The wing on Kenneth Davis’ old San Diego Police Department sergeant badge is bent. The former police veteran asked to keep his badge when he retired from the force in 2015. / Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise

Hundreds of California law enforcement officers over the last decade have been convicted of crimes. Several are still working in San Diego and Imperial counties.

After California’s attorney general demanded reporters return a secret list of police officers convicted of crimes, Voice of San Diego joined dozens of newsrooms across the state to investigate the list instead. As part of that unprecedented effort, the partnership created a first-of-its kind searchable database of officer convictions.

All but five states decertify cops convicted of lesser offenses, including misdemeanors. California is one of the five that does not.

This summer, SDPD Chief Nisleit told reporters he was disappointed and embarrassed by the arrest of an SDPD officer. “Police officers should and must be held to a higher standard, both on-duty and off-duty,” he said.

VOSD has published a series of stories this week on the matter. One of the lead reporters, VOSD’s Jesse Marx, joined the podcast to talk about the findings of multiple investigations with hosts Scott Lewis, Andrew Keatts and Sara Libby.

The interview with Marx starts at 17:10.

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