L.A. Cop Admits He Tried to Smuggle a Man Across the Border

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By Dennis Romero | LAWEEKLY.COM Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 5:30 a.m It was case so strange it was almost hard for us to believe. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials alleged that then-Los Angeles Police Department Officer Carlos Curiel Quezada, Jr. tried to smuggle a Mexican man north across the border at Otay Mesa, […]

Bill to shed light on California’s gang database moves forward

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By Ali Winston / Revealnews.org April 12, 2016 Legislation that would open California’s gang database to more public scrutiny advanced in the state Assembly today, despite significant opposition from law enforcement. The bill – AB 2298 by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego – aims to provide adults with the right to be notified – and […]

Arnold Schwarzenegger ally’s son Esteban Nunez freed from prison after commuted sentence

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Abc7.com | Politics Sunday, April 10, 2016 11:45PM SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The son of a former California state Assembly speaker has been freed from prison after his manslaughter sentence was dramatically reduced in 2011 by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, prison officials said Sunday. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said Esteban Nunez, now 27, will […]

San Diego County district attorney launches team to review possible wrongful convictions

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Kristina Davis | Latimes.com April 05, 2016 Uriah Courtney, convicted of a rape he didn’t commit, walked out of prison an innocent man after eight years behind bars. Twenty-one years after a jury found Kenneth Marsh guilty of beating to death his 2-year-old son, he was told the case against him was dismissed. The men […]

Gangs Continue to Recruit but Numbers Stagnant in San Diego

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Posted by Chris Jennewein | San Diego Times October 19, 2015 Gang membership isn’t growing in San Diego, but young people continue to join — typically at the age of 13 –and more than half of gang members carry guns. Those were among the key findings of a new report released Monday by SANDAG‘s Criminal […]

Protestors aim to get rid of ‘gang conspiracy’ law

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by Kristina Audencial | Fpx 5 News Posted 10:27 PM, May 3, 2015, Updated at 11:09pm, May 3, 2015 SAN DIEGO — It’s an ongoing battle for family and friends of those locked up under a law that makes it illegal to benefit from gang activities, otherwise known as Penal Code 182.5. A prayer vigil […]

San Diegans say police wrongly documented them as as gang members because of neighborhood

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By Emily Valdez | ABC News Channel 10 10:43 PM, May 3, 2015 SAN DIEGO – Just because your neighbors are gang members it doesn’t make you a gang member. That’s the message from dozens of people who peacefully protested at the San Diego County courthouse Sunday. Some wore hats that read #DocumentMe. Some said […]

U.S. issues recommendations for San Diego police

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By Tony Perry | LA Times March 17, 2015 Failures in the hiring and supervision of San Diego police led to a series of misconduct cases, but the Police Department remains “progressive, sound and very effective,” according to a federal review released Tuesday. Many of the department’s problems can be traced to the city’s ongoing […]

San Diego judge drops charge against rap singer in gang case

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By Tony Perry | LA Times March 16, 2015 A San Diego judge Monday dropped conspiracy charges against a rap singer accused of belonging to a violent street gang whose members are facing charges of attempted murder and other offenses. Prosecutors had alleged that Brandon Duncan, 33, fit the legal definition of a gang member […]

Charges dropped against local rapper ‘Tiny Doo’

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10News Digital Team 11:53 PM, Jan 13, 2015 SAN DIEGO – A local rapper who has spent eight months behind bars for his song lyrics may soon go free. A judge has dropped conspiracy charges against Brandon Duncan — who goes by the rapper name “Tiny Doo” — and more than a dozen other gang […]

Dozens protest gang conspiracy cases

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By Kristina Davis / UT San Diego Dec. 4, 2014 SAN DIEGO — The first-time use of a gang conspiracy law against dozens of alleged gang members sparked a protest over freedom of speech in front of the downtown Superior courthouse Thursday. The protest coincided with a court hearing for some of the defendants, including […]

Drug gang members plead guilty to avoid death penalty

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Kelly Wheeler (San Diego 6) | July 25, 2014 SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Two leaders of the violent Mexican drug trafficking gang “Los Palillos,” already convicted of multiple murders and kidnappings in San Diego County, Friday pleaded guilty to unresolved counts in exchange for avoiding the death penalty. Jorge Rojas Lopez, 35, and Juan Estrada […]