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San Diego police officers got the wrong Fred Washington

The first issue here is carelessness which led to the wrong person being incarcerated. The City, like most major corporations, has a liability fund or insurance to cover errors, omissions and acts by its agents or employees. Secondly, it took "the system" two weeks to discover and free and falsely imprisoned person. Both are intolerable components. What we really should be asking Dorian, (the author of this report) is what has been done to prevent a future reoccurrence? Look, mistakes are made by human beings all the time. But our freedom is precious and mistakes in when it comes to it are more than just dollar figures to the victim. The press, a government watchdog, should be demanding answers on how this happened, not just trumpeting about tax dollars wasted on a gross mistake. Where were the checks? What procedures are in place? Why did they fail? What can be done to prevent a future similar event? How many times has an incident like this happened? Is it an aberration or are there failure point(s) that should be changed? If a public defender discovered the truth why didn't Detective Boykin or the U.S. Marshals. And, by the way, what were U.S. Marshals, Federal law enforcement officers, doing or looking for at a Chula Vista sober living home? Certainly a local San Diego warrant wasn't the reason? Don't U.S. Marshals have a duty to verify identity too? What about the Sheriff's Department - Since fingerprints are collected on all in custody persons why didn't they discover the error with the identification? This story raises many questions that Chief Zimmerman needs to publicly answer. While mistakes happen and are made by human beings, our faith in the professionalism and competence of those who protect and serve is diminished. When incidents like this one happen and multiple failures occur, the actions, not to mention the policies and procedures, need to be reviewed, addressed and revised.
— June 16, 2017 8:32 a.m.

Scripps Ranch median and/or pot smoker led to tragedy

Sadly, the city has a Risk Management department that makes those kind of analysis. But then so do most major corporations, who produce products where lives can be lost, have those same analysts. I agree, SDPD's Traffic Division, especially those who investigate serious injury and fatal collisions are top notch people. I disagree with Jacob's argument above; to paraphrase it, those who smoke pot a lot, or often, are not affected or affected less. You haven't got a clue about how you're really affected. Your central nervous system is impaired dramatically by the consumption of alcohol, the inspiration of marijuana, or the consumption of prescribed medications. The impairment, however slight, affects your ability to effectively control at ton or more of steel and traveling down the roadway. It also alters the perception of light, slows reaction times and reduces rational thought. Judgement is impaired. Jacob also suggest distraction. We have no evidence whatsoever of distraction. However, there is a prior history of impairment and driving under the influence. Three lives, two being innocent ones, destroyed by the selfish act, by a person with a history of driving under the influence. To keep us safe, she needs to go to prison for a VERY long time AND never be allowed to operate a motor vehicle again. Sadly, people like this typically carry minimum liability policies because the cost of insurance skyrockets for those who have convictions for DUI. That leaves plaintiff's attorneys looking for a deep pocket. They zero in on the city, and taxpayers. They are easy targets. But the most interesting fact unreported in this story; there are the hundreds of thousands of daily trips over the years, through this same intersection, where every motorist safely traversed it without incident, day or night.
— June 8, 2017 11:43 a.m.

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