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National City Releases Records Of Police Officer Who Shot Unarmed Man

April 5, 2019
By Claire Trageser

National City released an internal report on Thursday about an officer who shot an unarmed man in 2001.

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San Diego Police Misconduct, Use Of Force Records Can Now Be Released

April 1, 2019
By Claire Trageser

The public should now be allowed to see past records of police shootings, use of force and sexual assault after a lawsuit in San Diego County held up their release.

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Where Can You Get A Wheel Cramping Ticket In San Diego? (Hint: Almost Anywhere)

March 25, 2019
By Claire Trageser

More than 1,000 parking tickets a month are written in San Diego for drivers who didn't "cramp their wheels," or turn their wheels toward a curb when parked on a hill.

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Two Councilmembers Call For Independent Investigation Into Death Of Aleah Jenkins

March 19, 2019
By Matt Hoffman

Two San Diego City Council members are calling for the state attorney general to look into the treatment of a 24-year-old woman who became unresponsive while in police custody. Aleah Jenkins later died at the hospital.

Dr J's Part 6: What's Next For The Community 16 Years After The Shooting

Feb. 27, 2019
By Claire Trageser

More than 15 years after the Dr J's shooting, a lot of people are thinking about what's next. Southeast San Diego residents want the government and police to change, and they want their communities to change for the better.

Dr J's Part 5: The Use Of Informants In The Shooting At Dr J's Liquor

Feb. 26, 2019
By Claire Trageser

After the shooting at Dr J's, police and prosecutors looked for informants who would trade information for reduced sentences and money to move away from San Diego. One informant in particular shows what a difficult decision that can be.

Dr J's Part 4: The Gang Stigma When A Case Goes To Trial

Feb. 25, 2019
By Claire Trageser

In the case against James Carter, the prosecutor used a common tactic when trying people from Southeast San Diego, especially young black men. He established a link between Carter and a gang and then used that link to establish a motive.

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Roundtable: Money For Misconduct Records

Feb. 22, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

The San Diego Sheriff's Department says it won't charge for misconduct records, a local lawmaker wants to know how ICE is using DMV information to help make arrests, and a local reservation gets into the marijuana business.

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Dr J's Part 3: The Families Of The Victims And The Man Convicted

Feb. 22, 2019
By Claire Trageser

The shooting at Dr J's has had ripple effects throughout the community and the rest of the city. But it also impacted the people directly involved — the families of the women who were killed and the family of the man who was eventually convicted of their murder.

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Dr J's Part 2: How Policing Changed After The Dr J's Liquor Store Shooting

Feb. 21, 2019
By Claire Trageser

A gang shooting in Lincoln Park killed two women on their way home from church. After the shooting, some people said the police department flooded the streets with officers arresting everybody. Others became more willing to work with police.

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San Diego Sheriff Releases Reports About Deputies Accused Of Sexual Assault

Feb. 20, 2019
By Claire Trageser

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is now publishing records about some of its deputies accused of sexual assault after a new state law went into effect at the beginning of this year.

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Dr J's Part 1: What Happened On New Year's Eve At Dr J's Liquor

Feb. 20, 2019
By Claire Trageser

The crime was so perfectly horrific — two women on their way home from church, two kids in the back seat — that it made people pay more attention to Southeast San Diego, a lower income and predominantly African-American pocket of the city.

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San Diego Sheriff Will Waive Fees For Use-Of-Force, Misconduct Records

Feb. 18, 2019
By Tarryn Mento

After it was first reported by a San Diego Union Tribune journalist, the San Diego County Sheriff confirmed to KPBS he will not charge to produce records newly made available under a controversial state law.

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KPBS, News Outlets Inch Forward In Fight For Police Misconduct Records

Feb. 15, 2019
By Tarryn Mento

A judge allowed a coalition of San Diego media organizations, including KPBS, to intervene in a legal case over the release of documents detailing past police misconduct.

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Sheriff's Department Says It'll Cost $354K To Provide Police Records

Feb. 13, 2019
By Tarryn Mento

KPBS asked county law enforcement agencies to release records related to police misconduct and the use of force under a new state law. But a response from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department shows its records won’t come cheap.