The San Diego Police Department has released documents related to several internal investigations of its officers as part of an effort to comply with new state laws. Sharmaine Moseley, the interim director of San Diego’s Commission on Police Practices, says the discrepancies between internal review documents and the body cam video in one case was an eye-opener.
“There was a lot of untruthfulness in that one case. Right? And so that was disturbing to me,” Moseley said.
“There are some egregious violations that I just don’t think officers that committed them should be able to be trusted…with a badge,” San Diego City Councilmember Monica Montgomery Steppe said.
Out of 63 officers named in misconduct investigations since 2014, 34 are still on the force, while the rest are no longer with the department, but it’s unclear if they were fired or left on their own.
These grievances include racism and sexual misconduct. Some officers were transferred to other units and some were even promoted.
The police union says the review reports don’t accurately reflect how those disciplinary actions affected the officers’ careers.