Review of San Diego Police Finds Inconsistencies and Corruption


This Oct. 19, 2020 photo taken from a police body cam provided by the San Diego Police Department shows José Alfredo Castro Gutierrez falls to the ground after being tased by a San Diego police officers during an incident where police said Gutierrez was charging at them wielding a iron curtain rod in San Diego, Calif. Mexican officials have strongly criticized the killing and a fatal shooting of a Mexican man four days later by a U.S. Border Patrol agent in San Diego. The Mexican consul general in San Diego, said men in both incidents had psychological problems. (San Diego Police Department via AP)
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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.

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