Roundtable: Still Waiting For Answers In Earl McNeil Death
Friday, August 17, 2018
Photo by Claire Trageser
Erik Anderson, environment reporter, KPBS News
Matthew T. Hall, editorial director, San Diego Union-Tribune
Jade Hindmon, reporter, KPBS News
Joshua Emerson Smith, environment reporter, San Diego Union-Tribune
Waiting For Answers
Earl McNeil, 40, died a few weeks after an encounter with National City police in May. That much we know. But, officials haven't released information that could shed light on what exactly happened to him. No body camera footage, security camera footage or autopsy report has been released.
Officers say they've wrapped up their investigation, and it's now in the hands of the District Attorney's office. But, activists and McNeil's family continue to press officials for answers.
Cross-Border Sewage Problem
Earlier this week, lawyers for the federal government tried to get out of a lawsuit holding them responsible for a cross-border pollution problem that's been fouling beaches in San Diego's South Bay.
Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina gave an emotional statement about the effects of the problem. He said people, including his own children, and lifeguards are getting sick, emergency room sick. A judge will decide who is responsible for paying for what could be a costly solution.
Freedom Of The Press
Newspapers all over the country struck back this week at President Trump, who has repeatedly called the press the "enemy of the people" and "fake news." More than 300 newspapers ran editorials about the importance of our free press Thursday.
The effort was led by the Boston Globe and the San Diego Union-Tribune published its version with the headline: How we restore faith in journalism.
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