What’s Next For San Diego Police Department After Lansdowne’s Abrupt Retirement?
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Aired 2/26/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.
Marti Emerald, San Diego City Councilwoman, District 9, Chair Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods committee.
Margaret Dooley-Sammuli, Senior Policy Advocate, ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties
Joshua Chanin, Professor of Public Affairs, SDSU, specializes in police misconduct
After 10 years leading the San Diego Police Department, Police Chief William Lansdowne abruptly announced he's retiring — effective Monday. That happens to be the same day Kevin Faulconer will be sworn in as San Diego's mayor.
Lansdowne's department has been rocked by police misconduct scandals in recent years. In just the last month, two more allegations surfaced of sexual misconduct by police officers.
In a statement the 69-year-old police chief says he was not pressured by anyone to retire.
"As he retires, we urge the City Council and our new mayor- elect to follow through on the Chief’s call for an independent audit of the San Diego Police Department," said the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties in a statement. The agency has followed accusations made against San Diego police.
Under Lansdowne's leadership, San Diego had its lowest crime rate since the 1960s.