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Roundtable: Still Waiting For Answers In Earl McNeil Death

The National City Police Department is shown in this undated photo.

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Roundtable: Still Waiting For Answers On The Death Of Earl McNeil

PANEL:

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

Transcript

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.

RELATED: Community Organizers Call For More Accountability In National City Police Oversight

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.

RELATED: Feds Seek Dismissal Of San Diego Cross-Border Sewage Lawsuit

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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