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

Feb. 26
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.

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

Feb. 25
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

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KPBS Requests Law Enforcement Records; Police Unions Sue To Prevent Disclosure

Feb. 11
By Claire Trageser, Tarryn Mento

KPBS is asking for details about officers who committed sexual assault, killed someone in the line of duty, or were investigated for use of force. Reactions from law enforcement agencies in San Diego County have varied, depending on the department.

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Roundtable: Decriminalizing Homelessness

Feb. 8
By Andrew Bowen, Bennett Lacy

San Diego repeals an ordinance that banned living in vehicles, Congress will hold a hearing on human research done at San Diego's VA Medical Center, and local police unions fight a new transparency law.

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KPBS Suing For Public Access To San Diego Sheriff's Department Response Times To Citizen Complaints

Jan. 22
By Claire Trageser

Lawyers working for KPBS petitioned Tuesday in San Diego County Superior Court to ask a judge to decide whether the San Diego County Sheriff's Department has to provide the records.

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Parents Question Vista Unified Proposal To Change Magnet Lottery Process

Dec. 13, 2018
By Megan Burks

Earlier this year, KPBS detailed how magnet schools — once used to desegregate schools — were contributing to new racial divides in Vista Unified. The board will vote Thursday night on a possible solution, but some parents say it goes too far.

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San Diego Businesses In Low Income Or High-Minority Areas Far Less Likely To Get Bank Loans

Nov. 8, 2018
By Claire Trageser

Where a business is located in San Diego County can have a big impact on whether it receives a bank loan, according to federal data. The data shows that businesses in low-income or high-minority census tracts were far less likely to receive funds from banks.