Members of the county Residents’ Regulation Enforcement Evaluation Board late Tuesday agreed to summarily dismiss 22 instances reviewing the deaths of jail inmates and other people dealing with arrest, on the grounds that the investigations are greater than a yr previous.
The choice got here because the assessment board wrestled with a rising backlog that by October had climbed to fifty nine excellent instances.
The assembly attracted 15 to twenty individuals within the viewers, a big crowd for a residents’ panel. Eight individuals addressed the board, urging the panel to place off a choice Tuesday night time and work to finish the investigations, even when it took years longer.
The residents panel retreated to a closed session, excluding the general public. Alex Bell, a county spokeswoman, reported after the closed assembly that the dismissals have been accepted, as really helpful by county employees. She declined to say how any board members voted or what the tally was.
County officers stated that beneath a state regulation the volunteer panel loses jurisdiction over demise investigations if a assessment isn’t accomplished inside 12 months. The instances dismissed Tuesday all have been beforehand investigated by the Sheriff’s Division or different businesses.
Relations of a few of the deceased advised The San Diego Union-Tribune earlier this week they disagreed with the choice to shut the instances with out finishing the panel’s evaluate.
Police oversight teams stated finishing the unbiased investigations is necessary as a result of the findings may also help enhance police responses and practices, even in instances through which no officer misconduct is discovered.
The 12-month time restrict invoked by the county is contained within the Public Security Officers Procedural Invoice of Rights. Officers have but to elucidate why the Authorities Code part is being enforced now when all 22 instances exceeded the 12-month allowance months or years in the past.
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