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Roundtable: Downtown Homeless Arrests

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Abbie Alford, reporter, CBS8

Gene Cubbison, former anchor/reporter, NBC7

Scott Lewis, editor-in-chief, Voice of San Diego

Alex Riggins, reporter, The San Diego Union-Tribune

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Spike In Arrests Before San Diego Homeless Count

Data obtained by Voice of San Diego shows a spike in arrests for violations linked to homelessness in the days before a recent point-in-time count. In some cases, arrest levels were triple what San Diego police carried out during a similar period in a downtown area known for its homeless population. Watchdogs say the sweep could negatively affect the count. Police say the sweep was due to concerns raised in the neighborhood, and in no way was timed to coincide with the count.

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40 Years Since Cleveland Elementary School Shooting

This week marked 40 years since a shooting outside of an elementary school in San Diego’s San Carlos neighborhood. It was carried out by a 16-year-old girl, Brenda Spencer. The school’s principal and janitor were killed. Eight students and one police officer were injured. Forty years later, Spencer is still in prison and school shootings are a frequent occurrence.

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Chula Vista Police Drone Use

For the past several months, the Chula Vista Police Department has used drone technology as a tool for first responders. The agency is one of several across the nation that are taking part in a pilot program overseen by the Federal Aviation Administration. The San Diego Union-Tribune obtained data on the frequency and types of incidents in which drones are being used. Feedback from Chula Vista police could help mold standards and practices for drone use across the country.

RELATED: Chula Vista Police Using Drones To Respond To 911 Calls

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