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It's been a rough couple of years for the San Diego Police Department. Numerous allegations of sexual assault and domestic violence claims have been filed. Residents have registered profiling complaints. In February, the chief of police handed in his badge. Now there's new ink on the department's rap sheet.

On May 1, homicide detective Dana Hoover filed a complaint against the city, its police department, and several homicide detectives for gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and battery, among a few other charges. The complaint details what Hoover says was a "good old boy network" within the police department, where female officers are referred to as "pieces of shit" and high-ranking officers do nothing to address it.

Problems for Hoover, claims the lawsuit, surfaced in February 2013, soon after she complained of mistreatment by two of her colleagues. Instead of addressing her issues, her superiors did nothing.

"[San Diego police Department is run by what can be classified as a 'good old boy network' where those who are part [of] the team are promoted, treated favorably, and left alone. However, those who are not part of the 'good old boy network' who raise issues and concerns are shunted, bullied and treated unfairly, discriminatorily, in a retaliatory manner and set aside."

Examples of the alleged mistreatment include being shut out of crime scenes, demeaned and yelled at in front of other officers, and being told to search rooms that had already been searched. The alleged mistreatment also includes her male counterparts making inappropriate "grunting, animal sounds" when she spoke.

Armed with new allegations, Hoover once again approached her lieutenant and was told to report to her ranking officer. When she did so, Hoover says she was told she was "arrogant, condescending" and disliked.

Hoover followed up by submitting a formal complaint to the human resources department. The complaint resulted in her transfer out of the homicide unit and into a lesser position with the police department.

Hoover is asking for punitive damages and other relief from the city.

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shirleyberan May 2, 2014 @ 11:50 a.m.

Same kind of BS military women are facing, including a high number of rape. Stop the Insanity.

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JustWondering May 2, 2014 @ 1:17 p.m.

Maybe the Reader should get the other side of this story...while no one should condone the behaviors as outlined in the allegation as well was this story, there are ALWAYS two sides. Ms. Hoover's history should be reported too. It is extensive. Sadly, some looking to advance their careers will choose one path, while others advance on the merit and skill. Could this be the case here???

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Saikali May 12, 2014 @ 5:13 p.m.

When SDPD chief William Lansdowne abruptly "retired" (to spend more time with his family?) in February 2014, the City said that SDPD would improve under a female chief, Shelley Zimmerman. Zimmerman has not cleaned up the corruption that Lansdowne was famous for. Since she was already in the SDPD, Zimmerman was an existing participant, and insiders usually do not change systems that they have benefited from.

An example that it's business as usual at the SDPD is in Dorian Hargrove's article (print published 2014-05-08) about a female cop filing against the City and specific cops for discrimination, harassment, and battery. That Zimmerman is a woman evidently made no difference in seeing that justice prevailed. Disciplinary decisions in the SDPD reside with its chief, an exclusivity that explains how so many dirty cops persisted in abusing the public (and, in some cases, their colleagues) with impunity; they knew Lansdowne would protect them, and Zimmerman's actions so far give no hint that cover-ups will be different with her at the helm.

Is there no one above the police chief with authority to investigate police corruption? The San Diego County District Attorney's Office Special Operations unit has such a duty. However, that unit has its own history of concealing misconduct. Four years ago in writing, its chief admitted that police and prosecutors had engaged in "various criminal actions", and yet he "declined to pursue criminal charges". In other words, the head of Special Operations decided to cover for his dirty prosecutor colleagues and his friends at 1401 Broadway. Once again, cops (and prosecutors) got the signal that they were free to do as they pleased.

The SDPD recently gave the impression that police will be accountable for their conduct when officers start carrying cameras. Let's understand that police will control any recordings, be able to edit the recordings, and be able to say that recordings were lost or cameras malfunctioned whenever evidence damning to police is recorded. Those recordings will be for police and their accomplices to use as they see fit to help them, not the public.

Besides the bad manners and pervasive arrogance, most disturbing about SDPD cops is that they operate as a military force where anyone outside of them, their friends, or the elite are considered "suspects" by default. Police are supposed to "protect and serve" according to their motto. Instead, they escalate problems, and encourage reactions that they then use to justify in beating, zapping, or shooting people.

There may be some who enter police work with good intention and who do good things sometimes. Beyond that are activities by cops who lack decency, many of whom extort, rape, murder or authorize attempted killings, or commit other crimes in order to achieve their hateful objectives. That prosecutors and courts normally protect cops, despite how notoriously dishonest cops are, only worsens the problem for the defenseless public.

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