For decades, communities have grappled with how to police the police.As early as the 1920s, civilian oversight boards helped keep law enforcement agencies accountable.To date, about 200 groups have been created across the United States. Some are staffed with volunteers, others with paid investigators, and still others — the newer ones — with auditors who focus on trends in civilian complaints.Questions persist about whether such groups are effective, fueling debate in San Diego over the Community Review Board on Police Practices. Critics have long argued the volunteer review board lacks the power to do its job effectively, adding that the board isn’t diverse enough and works too closely with the Police Department. Of more than 2,000 misconduct allegations investigated between 2010 and 2018, the board has disagreed with police findings nine times, according to annual reports compiled by the group.“Right now, the police investigate the police and the board just … [Read more...] about Is San Diego’s way of policing the police working?
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The White House on Wednesday nominated two San Diego attorneys to the federal district court bench: Adam Braverman, who served most recently as U.S. attorney with a background in cartel prosecutions, and Shireen Matthews, a former federal prosecutor-turned-defense attorney.The nominations, if approved, would fill two of five vacancies on the Southern District of California bench.Braverman ran the U.S. Attorney’s Office in an interim capacity for two years under President Donald Trump, with hopes of being officially appointed to the role. But the president ultimately went with Robert Brewer, who was sworn in as U.S. attorney in January.Braverman has been on detail in Washington since then as an associate deputy attorney general. He joined the office in 2008 and has led several high-profile prosecutions into drug-trafficking organizations, including a massive takedown of Sinaloa cartel leaders and associates.In 2017 he was honored by the Justice Department and also received the … [Read more...] about White House nominates two San Diego attorneys to federal bench
The Nissan Sentra pulled up to the inspection booth at the San Ysidro Port of Entry at 2:19 a.m. on a recent Friday.The driver, Ricardo de Jesus Vigil Aguayo, gave the Customs and Border Protection officer his U.S. passport. He was on his way to work in Miramar, he said.It might have been the Sentra’s California license plate, or the driver himself, but something set off an alert in the officer’s computer system. The car needed to be searched further.Under the massive canopy and bright lights of the secondary inspection area, Vigil’s secret was discovered: a man and a woman squeezed inside the trunk of his car. Daozeng Sun, a tall, lanky Chinese man, had hoped to make it to New York. He was supposed to pay his smugglers $58,000 for the trip across the U.S.-Mexico border.Cecilia Gervacio Garcia, who speaks the Mixteco language of indigenous people in central Mexico, was headed for Los Angeles. She was unclear exactly how much money she was on the hook for.The three … [Read more...] about 72 hours of crime on the San Diego-Tijuana border
Long before a San Diego County jury in July awarded David Collins more than $12 million for brain damage he suffered in Sheriff’s Department custody, a mediator recommended that his civil lawsuit be settled for $3 million, his attorney said.The Board of Supervisors, acting in closed session on advice from county attorneys, rejected the mediator’s suggestion, according to Collins’ lawyer, Robert Vaage. Instead they approved a counter offer their lawyers said was more in line with Collins’ injuries: $500,000, Vaage said.The plaintiff’s attorney considered that a lowball offer and opted to take chances with a jury, which last month returned a verdict worth $12.6 million.Now supervisors are confronting their largest civil judgment in decades, potentially adding to the $167 million in jury awards, settlements and claims San Diego County has paid out over the last 30 years. Unless the $12.6 million award is reduced by a judge or through private agreement, that … [Read more...] about San Diego County grappling with largest jury award in decades
A San Diego based company is accused of making millions of dollars by coercing young women into having sex on camera. For many of the women, including some who spoke to NBC 7 Investigates, their experience ended with thoughts of suicide, humiliation, and isolation from family and friends. Nearly two dozen women say what started with a response to a modeling ad on Craigslist ended with videos of them having sex posted to some of the most popular porn websites in the world, according to a lawsuit filed against the company. They say the three owners of the website Girls Do Porn set up an elaborate scheme using fake names, reference girls paid to lie and promises that the videos would be sold to private collectors in Australia and New Zealand, according to the lawsuit. In January, a State Court Judge issued a tentative ruling, stating the women’s allegations had shown that the men had likely “engaged in malice, fraud or oppression.” An … [Read more...] about Uncovering A San Diego Porn Scheme: Deception, Humiliation Follow Online Ads