Roundtable: San Diego County Settles In Deputy Sexual Misconduct Investigation
Friday, May 4, 2018
Photo by Kris Arciaga
Ben Adler, bureau chief, Capital Radio News
Jeff McDonald, investigative reporter, San Diego Union-Tribune
Mari Payton, investigative reporter, NBC 7 San Diego
Amita Sharma, investigative reporter, KPBS News
County Settles with Fischer Accusers
Imagine: your house has been broken into and you call the police. You're alone. You feel vulnerable. After the deputies take your statement, they leave. One comes back later to check on you. And suddenly he's grabbing you in ways you don't want. This is the story of one of the 15 women who accused Deputy Richard Fischer of inappropriate touching, groping and exposing himself to them while on duty. San Diego County settled with two of Fischer's accusers this week for $412,000. Settlements with 13 others are on the table. Jeff McDonald and Amita Sharma join us to talk about the civil and criminal cases against Deputy Fischer.
No More Ladies Night
Several organizers of events promoting the empowerment of women have been sued in San Diego for discrimination against men. The men filing the lawsuits have something in common: involvement with a San Diego nonprofit, the National Coalition for Men (NCFM). The lawsuits cite California's Unruh Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination based on sex, race, and sexual orientation. But the law written to presumably protect women is being used against them, and at least one attorney thinks it should be changed. Mari Payton joins us to talk about her investigation.
California's current governor is behind multiple lawsuits against the Trump Administration. In his last of eight years as governor, Jerry Brown is going out fighting. And a battle rages among those want to succeed him. Ben Adler of Capital Radio News in Sacramento joins us to talk about that and other key races.
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