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Roundtable: Vets React To Fallujah Loss; Racial Profiling And SDPD; Chargers In Denver; Jerry Coleman

KPBS Roundtable

Roundtable: Vets React To Fallujah Loss; Racial Profiling And SDPD; Chargers In Denver; Jerry Coleman


Aired 1/10/14


Mark Sauer


Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times

Megan Burks, KPBS News

Jay Paris, San Diego sportswriter


Some Vets Disheartened By Fallujah Loss

The Iraqi city of Fallujah was taken by U.S. Marines in house-to-house combat over several bloody weeks in 2004-2005. This week it fell to al-Qaida-linked fighters.

Approximately 100 Marines died in Fallujah nine years ago, and another 1,000 were wounded. The current battle is between the insurgent, resurgent Sunnis and the government troops, made up mostly of Shiite Muslims.

Some experts feel that Fallujah is merely one battle in a regional war fought by zealots from several Middle Eastern states. Others, including veterans, are disheartened that the city they fought so hard for has been lost.

And some Americans who fought — and their families — are now asking if it was worth it.

Racial Profiling In San Diego?

A decade ago, the San Diego Police Department was a leader in collecting and monitoring racial data for traffic stops, a policy put into place by current San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne.

Tracking demographic information helps a police department determine whether its officers may be engaging in racial profiling.

Today, most big-city police departments collect such data, but SDPD has fallen behind. Officers now do so for only 20% of traffic stops. Lansdowne says the decrease is because San Diego residents are not subjected to racial profiling and complaints are minimal.

Residents of areas like City Heights with large minority populations beg to differ. This year, a federal judge ruled that the Fourth Amendment rights of two City Heights residents were violated during a traffic stop in 2010. The city agreed to pay a settlement of $450,000.

Chargers In Denver; San Diego Mourns Jerry Coleman

The San Diego Chargers have won their last five games, including last week’s wild card game, and will meet the Denver Broncos in the playoffs on Sunday.

Not many San Diegans would have predicted a playoff berth for the Chargers in the first few dismal weeks of the season, but here we are.

Jerry Coleman, broadcaster for the San Diego Padres every year since 1972 (except for 1980, when he managed the club), died last weekend at age 89.

Coleman has been lauded here and nationally for his war service and his baseball career. Most of all, friends, sportswriters and colleagues have shaken their heads in wonder at Coleman’s humility and his kindness, especially rare qualities in professional sports.

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muckapoo1 | January 11, 2014 at 10:35 a.m. ― 3 years, 2 months ago

Based on the folks who pull out in front of me or are seen running the red lights, perhaps there is some core reason for the tickets.

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profsteam | January 11, 2014 at 12:15 p.m. ― 3 years, 2 months ago

The vets are not the story here. The real story is that the growing violence in Iraq is the result of the US-backed central government cracking down on grassroots Sunni protestors in Ramadi. The Sunni protestors who had legitimate grievance against the Shiite dominated Iraq government were gunned down by the military. This led to almost all of the Sunni members of the parliament to resign. This is actually a sectarian civil war started by the Iraqi central government. There is no clear evidence of involvement of Al Qaida in this and to say so is to perpetuate the lies of Mr. Maliki and the White House.

Your piece also overlooked the war crimes that our military committed in Fallujah with chemical weapons, cluster bombs and uranium bullets. There where huge numbers of civilians killed and the entire city deliberately destroyed. There have been huge numbers of hideous birth defects in Fallujah due to the effects of the radioactive bullets. I fail to see how destroying a city and brutally killing its civilian population gave them "freedom and democracy".

Your guests only perpetuated the myths and lies about the current and past events in Fallujah.

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muckapoo1 | January 12, 2014 at 12:14 p.m. ― 3 years, 2 months ago

Someone let off steam that is more like an excerpt from a islamic terrorist recruiting manual. The story is our vets. Those who died or were disabled for a country that has little regard for human lives. Iraq is a third world country with neanderthal morals. The people there deserve each other.

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