Saikali June 30, 2014 @ 4:08 p.m.

Long ago I noticed that these institutions promote the possibility of fast learning to prospective students. That is, attend here and you'll learn all you need in less time than at a non-profit school. This may be especially attractive to adults who just want to get school out of the way, so to speak.

People need to understand that learning takes time and there is lots that needs to be done to become ready for a new professional involving academic knowledge.


Saikali June 26, 2014 @ 8:30 a.m.

The San Diego Police Department IS an example of organized crime. The public hears few of the countless stories of injustice abuse by the criminals (also called "cops") in the force. Furthermore, these criminals are protected by a corrupt legal system that almost always grants immunity to cops so that they can do just about anything they please.

The so-called oversight of the police within the force is by other dirty cops. Beyond the force, the offices of the city attorney (run by criminal Jan Goldsmith) and district attorney (run by criminal Bonnie Dumanis) provide whatever counsel and legal services are needed for these vermin to continue harming the public. The mayor's office and city council are also part of the problem. Todd Gloria did nothing about corruption and neither has Kevin Faulconer.

This problem is occurring around the country. If you grew up being taught that police exist to protect and serve us (the public), wake up to the reality that police protect their own, their friends, and those in government, and they certainly do NOT serve us.


Saikali July 2, 2014 @ 4:52 p.m.

The Citizens' Review Board (CRB) on Police Practices serves a single purpose: To ensure that City of San Diego Police Department (SDPD) cops are able to abuse the public as they please.

The CRB does not represent the citizens. Its idea of a "review" is to agree with whatever SDPD Internal Affairs (IA) says, and the cops at IA ensure that their colleagues on the force are protected from legal action for abusing the public.

The CRB is a complete sham. KEVIN FAULCONER is part of that very problem, as his people (including chief of staff STEPHEN PUETZ, deputy chief of staff FELIPE MONROIG, and JOHN LY) have refused to do anything about corruption in the CRB and in IA despite substantive evidence and repeated written notifications.

TODD GLORIA was no better. As city council president and later as interim mayor, his people (including chief of staff JAMIE FOX and executive assistant M. VANESSA JACKSON) also protected the CRB and IA and ignored repeated correspondence on this matter. On 2013-08-15 Jackson told me by email that "We cannot get involved in pending investigations unless directed by the City Attorney". In response, I asked Jackson for proof that the City Attorney "directed" Todd Gloria and the rest of the members of the City Council to "get involved" in the Filner case while several "pending investigations" were in progress. Jackson never replied.

The CRB's executive director DANELL SCARBOROUGH strings complainants along endlessly with empty promises that a real investigation is occurring while knowing full well that (1) the CRB works in concert with IA to cover-up police corruption and (2) the CRB merely rubber-stamps IA's habitual exonerations of dirty cops.


Visduh July 5, 2014 @ 7:26 a.m.

Yes, he needs a good attorney. But he needs one (or two) because he has a defense need, and also wants to pursue a complaint. Those are actually two separate, if inexorably linked, matters.

But don't confuse the inaction by Internal Affairs with incompetence. The inaction is by design. "Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil."


Visduh July 3, 2014 @ 12:06 p.m.

None of this is surprising to me. It is a little surprising to find it in a Reader cover story. Joe, if you frequent San Diego, you best watch your butt. The SDPD will be looking for you and could invent some crime for which to arrest you.

The SDPD has some high spots. It did a good job with the VanDam murder and with nailing Westerfield. But on a day-to-day basis, it has never been well run, and often does a poor job of fulfilling its mission of protecting and serving. Going all the way back to Hoobler in the early 70's, it has been poorly led. Kolender, Burgreen, Sanders, Bejarano, and Lansdowne (I may have missed one) were all cut of the same cloth and ran the same kind of department.

This new chief will likely just continue the old ways. The review board is powerless, and the internal affairs department has the job of keeping the lid on abuse. If either had been on the job, Arevalos would have been stopped and purged from the ranks long before the abuses that got him fired and imprisoned, and which are now costing the city millions.

While I tend to agree that most of the cops are honest and try to do the job that the city and its residents expect, the code of silence and the unwillingness of so many of them to speak out against abusers in the ranks undermines confidence. Just promoting another one of 'em from the ranks will not reform a deeply dysfunctional department.


Wabbitsd July 2, 2014 @ 7:53 p.m.

I would just venture a guess that "Christine's" husband might just be a police officer himself, stationed up the hill from the WalMart on Aero Drive. I am disappointed that WalMart and Fry's are both cooperating in hiding these cowards by not allowing you to have the tapes.

I am also disappointed that Ms. Zimmerman is continuing the stonewalling.


CaptainObvious July 2, 2014 @ 5:21 p.m.

The store should have internal security cameras, what did they show? Get a lawyer if your statement is accurate, and investigate.


eastlaker July 2, 2014 @ 3 p.m.

The scenario you describe--a "set-up"--is exactly what I was thinking. One would think that it would be in the interest of merchants, corporate heads and local law enforcement to act in such a manner as to discourage assault and attempted extortion.

In addition, I would hope that San Diego Police would be a bit smarter about this sort of thing.

I have no legal training of any kind, but as an informal student of human behavior, what I am concluding is that this pair might have some aliases and they very well might do this sort of thing for a living.


eastlaker July 2, 2014 @ 1:39 p.m.

My question would be, does the couple involved have any history of this type of behavior? Because it would seem to be very unusual, and possibly indicative of prior history.


eastlaker July 3, 2014 @ 3:30 p.m.

Mr. Saikali, I hope that you are able to find some help in researching the individuals who set upon you. Documenting more than one case should certainly bring much-needed attention to what has happened, and force SDPD into at least responding to you in an above-board manner.


Mystery assault in front of Fry's Electronics

"I thought I was being murdered"

If someone nabs your shopping cart, let them have it and walk away.

klsandiego July 5, 2014 @ 4:03 p.m.

Mr. Saikali, I have no reason to doubt anything you have stated here. I still urge you to seek out counsel. Police and the DA can stonewall lowly citizens like us. But an attorney representing you will be able to make things happen. Don't ask me why there's a double-standard, there just is. I know this first-hand, having been a victim of false allegations myself, and having a good attorney saved my backside. As a minority it's clear you know the odds are stacked against you. You need the best defense you can afford. If the DA prosecutes and wins, that opens you up to civil litigation for damages as well. I admire and respect your willingness to fight this battle on your own, but now is not the time for that. E-mail me and I can give you the info for my attorney who was outstanding.

FYI a good law office will also know private investigators they can leverage to seek out surveillance tapes, witnesses, etc. to further bolster your case. You don't need to do this all yourself man, hire professionals.


elvishasleftsandiego July 5, 2014 @ 5:04 p.m.

Interesting story. Don't know what to make of it other than you got screwed by the system, big time. Any chance your assailant might have been an off duty cop? That seems possible, since you still don't have the identity of your attacker. That would certainly explain what is obviously a cover up. Good luck with your case. Keep at it. Make sure they know you're not going away.


klsandiego July 4, 2014 @ 6:41 p.m.

Just finished reading the whole story in the Reader. I found it completely appalling. Basically an out-of-control woman escalates a verbal disagreement by sicking her psycho male companion to assault Mr. Saikali with a vehicle, as well as his fists, then jumps on the victim's back causing herself to sustain an injury resulting from her own negligence. And San Diego police charge Mr. Saikali? Reaaaal nice.

Clearly Saikali should have retained an attorney the second after it all went down and it became clear that SPDP was going to railroad him. The officers involved in the original case and IA complaint sounded like they were completely incompetent to even return a phone call from Saikali, much less conduct a proper police investigation. I hope the DA's office has a tad more ability to do what we pay them for, but after hearing this story I doubt any section of the SD government does.

Here's a clue for detectives, go to Frye's and Wally World, pull the security tapes, and see if any attack was done by Mr. Saikali. There, was that so hard?

After reading the other comments, edited to add: Mr. Saikali stop trying to conduct this investigation yourself and hire a criminal defense attorney. A retainer will cost money, but nothing like having a felony battery conviction will cost you in the long run. An attorney can get info and movement on the case you can't.