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Shawn Khalifa, right, an inmate at Donovan Stat...

California Appeals Court Keeps Limitations To Felony Murder Rule In Place

Nov. 20
By Claire Trageser

California courts have kept in place limitations on the so-called “felony murder rule,” which allowed prosecutors to charge people with murder even if they weren’t directly responsible for the crime.

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Humane Society Draws Controversy By Sending Cats Back To The Streets

Nov. 18
By Claire Trageser

Since taking over animal control services for San Diego and several other cities last year, the San Diego Humane Society has allowed more than 1,200 stray cats to be released back to the streets.

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Why Are There So Many Broken Trash Bins In San Diego?

Oct. 14
By Claire Trageser

A KPBS analysis of city records revealed an epidemic of broken bins — residents ordered nearly 17,500 replacement bins in 2018 alone. And over the last decade, the number replaced annually has increased by 42%.

Dennis Carolino, 52, rushing toward officers be...

Police Video Shows One Officer Fatally Shooting El Cerrito Man While Partner Uses Taser

Oct. 9
By Claire Trageser

In late August, a 52-year-old man holding a shovel charged at officers. One of the officers shot and killed the man, while the other fired only his taser, according to a department spokesman.

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Sheriff's Deputy Assault Victims Say Plea Deal Is Not Justice Served

Sept. 19
By Claire Trageser

Fischer was initially charged with 20 criminal counts that included assault, burglary, forcing oral sex and sexual battery. But his plea deal with the DA did not include the two sex crime charges he faced.

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Ex-Deputy Richard Fischer Pleads Guilty In Sexual Assault Trial

Sept. 9
By Claire Trageser

Richard Timothy Fischer pleaded guilty to four counts of assault and battery by an officer, two counts of misdemeanor assault by an officer and one count of misdemeanor false imprisonment.

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Records: SDPD Officer Accused Of Sexual Assault Resigned And Never Charged

Aug. 15
By Claire Trageser

The records, which relate to allegations that a San Diego Police officer sexually assaulted a woman in his custody in 2013, raise questions as to why he was never charged with a crime.

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A Mother Rides A Rollercoaster Of Hope While Her Son Sits In Jail

Aug. 9
By Claire Trageser

Shawn Khalifa was sentenced for murder even though he was outside when his friends broke into a Riverside County home and killed a 77-year-old man. A new law could reduce his sentence — but that law is being challenged.

Shawn Khalifa, right, an inmate at Donovan Stat...

Hundreds In San Diego Hoping For Reduced Sentences For Murders They Didn't Commit

Aug. 8
By Claire Trageser

This year, California became one of the few states in the country to pass legislation limiting felony murder convictions. But the law change has powerful opponents who are challenging it in court.

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Details Of Midway Police Shooting Remain Under Wraps Despite Transparency Law

July 15
By Claire Trageser

A new state law aimed at opening up police investigations is not helping in the case of an officer killing a man armed only with a pen.

Mohammed Tuama leads a community meeting in El ...

District Elections Could Mean A New Crop Of Candidates In November 2020

June 28
By Claire Trageser

Across San Diego County, there's a push to find and draft local city council candidates, especially candidates that come from minority communities.

Escondido Councilwoman Consuelo Martinez talks ...

District Elections Supposed To Increase Diversity; So Far, San Diego Results Are Mixed

June 27
By Claire Trageser

Since 2012, all but five cities in San Diego County have switched to district elections for their city councils with the intention of increasing diversity. But so far, that hasn't always happened.

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KPBS Lawsuit Reveals Unanswered Citizen Complaints Against Sheriff's Department

June 3
By Claire Trageser

KPBS filed a lawsuit for the records after multiple women said they reported a Sheriff's deputy for sexual misconduct but never received a response.

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Newly Released Internal Report Details La Mesa Police Deadly Standoff In 2017

May 20
By Claire Trageser

Records have been released under a new state law requiring law enforcement agencies to make internal reports about officers who shoot someone or commit sexual assaults public.

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How Police Departments Are Disclosing Records Under SB 1421

May 6
By Claire Trageser

Cities in San Diego County are taking different approaches to their release of past records of police shootings, use of force and sexual assault, and cities aren't necessarily releasing records of recent police shootings first.

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