May 16, 2022

San Jose Police Department’s legal, public credibility in question after 4 recent allegations of officer misconduct

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) — The San Jose Police Division is going through backlash resulting from a number of cases of officer misconduct as of late and it may create authorized points.

Mayor Sam Liccardo is now at a breaking level after no less than 4 points of officer misconduct have come to gentle not too long ago.

“We have a serious problem with SJPD,” Mayor Liccardo stated.

SJPD Chief Anthony Mata was seen yesterday escorting Officer Matthew Dominguez out of Inner Affairs after he was arrested for indecent publicity whereas on obligation.

Regardless of the video shared by police, Civil Rights Lawyer John Burris worries accountability could not really be demonstrated.

He says officers accused of displaying up drunk on the job, indecent publicity, dying from medicine, and providing a meth pipe in trade for data mustn’t occur if there are true penalties to actions.

“There has to be a sense that officers are gonna be held accountable for misconduct, whether they injure someone or they’re in violation of the various rules that they have,” Burris stated. (*4*)

With the division already going through staffing shortages and these occasions involving younger officers, many are questioning the SJPD hiring course of.

It is a difficulty Mayor Liccardo voiced Thursday.

“Given that these tend to be very young officers, which tells me there may be something seriously wrong with whatever we’re doing with screening and backgrounding and we need to figure that out,” Liccardo stated. “We need to fix it.”

As a result of if they do not, authorized analyst Steve Clark says it should result in a authorized ripple impact.

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Clarks says instances may be overturned resulting from lack of credibility if these officers accused of misconduct made previous arrests and it could possibly be felt department-wide.

“Officers are given the benefit of the doubt every day when they come to court and I think when you see this many incidents over this short of period of time, that benefit of the doubt starts to erode,” Clark stated.

A minimum of three officers stay on depart because of the recent occasions.

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