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The San Diego Police Department Doesn't Know How Many Civilians Have Accused Officers of Sexual Misconduct

Since 2005, at least five police officers and four deputies have been arrested for sexual misconduct.

|||MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS/NewscomMIKE BLAKE/REUTERS/NewscomAn unusually high number of sexual misconduct incidents have placed an unwanted spotlight on San Diego County's law enforcement. San Diego's CBS News 8 launched an investigation into the prevalence of these incidents, only to find that the truth may be difficult to uncover.

A report from News 8 looked into the number of civilian complaints of sexual misconduct against officers. After filing requests under the California Public Records Act to find the number of civilian complaints made against both the San Diego Police Department and the San Diego County Sheriff's Department since 2008. The police department responded by saying that it did not track sexual misconduct complaints, because the California Department of Justice does not require it to.

A records request denial letter from the San Diego Sheriff's Department, meanwhile, explained that it also did not keep track of sexual misconduct complaints. The answer could be obtained, however, if a person read through every single civilian complaint made in the last 10 years.

Though the departments have failed to track complaints, Philip Stinson, an associate professor at Bowling Green State University, told News 8 that the number of public arrests for officer sexual misconduct indicates that there are likely more incidents than in other, similar-sized counties. Since 2005, at least five San Diego police officers and four deputies have been arrested for sexual misconduct.

Earlier this week, San Diego agreed to pay 17 strippers $1.5 million in damages after police detained them, conducted questionable inspections, and forced them to take pictures, including documenting their tattoos like they would gang members. The women also accused the officers of making demeaning comments and threatening arrest if they tried to leave. The city attempted to have the case dismissed before the settlement was reached.

Photo Credit: MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS/Newscom

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  • Rich||

    "Fake statistics!"

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    #MeToo meets #BlueSexDrivesMatter

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    The Thin Blue-balled Line?

  • juris imprudent||

    "I wish they all could be California girls..."

  • Dillinger||

    everybody's in bikinis asking for it.

  • Marty Feldman's Eyes||

    San Diego PD motto: "we might be horrifying, but at least we're not Philly, Chicago or L.A."

  • Jerryskids||

    What would you expect from a shithole country like the United States? We are proud* to have the worst immigration laws in the world, the worst trade deals in history, the worst political leadership of any nation ever, the worst economic policies known to Mankind, why wouldn't we have the worst police as well?

    *At least I'm assuming we're proud of how terrible we are based on the amount of enthusiastic cheering Donald Trump gets at his rallies every time he starts talking about what a shithole country the United States is and how bad, sad, dumb and crazy everything is here.

  • Mr. JD||

    In the #MeToo era, who ever can know, and who should?

  • Cy||

    When everyone is a victim, no one is.

  • Jazz||

    Hello friend, if you are feel boring in this time then try to play Mahjong Connect and make most entertaining moment in without any registration.

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