Cop accused of battery won’t be charged

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SAN DIEGO — Prosecutors said Monday they will not file criminal charges against a San Diego police officer arrested twice in the past month on suspicion of battering his wife.

Gilbert Lorenzo, 31, was suspended last month for allegedly battering his wife in La Mesa and was re-arrested last week on suspicion of inflicting corporal injury on his spouse.

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Suspended SDPD Officer Gilbert Lorenzo

Lorenzo, a seven-year SDPD veteran, was booked into jail at 11:18 p.m. on May 5, according to the sheriff’s online jail records. He was seen exiting the jail and getting into a taxi around 6 a.m. the next day after posting $50,000 bail.

Lorenzo, who is assigned to the SDPD Northern Division, was initially arrested by La Mesa police April 22 on suspicion of felony domestic battery and quickly posted $50,000 bail.

A spokeswoman for the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, Tanya Sierra, said her office can only file charges if prosecutors believe they can prove a case beyond a reasonable doubt.

Sierra said the decision against filing charges against Lorenzo came after a thorough review of the case.

Lorenzo, his wife and their young children live in La Mesa. Following the alleged battery incident in April, Lorenzo’s 24-year-old wife, who did not require hospital treatment, came to his defense, saying he should not have been arrested.

SDPD Chief Shelley Zimmerman said someone alerted her department to the alleged battery incident in April and the case was quickly turned over to La Mesa police because that’s where the crime allegedly occurred.

Around 2:30 a.m. on  May 6, Lorenzo’s wife, Tanya, posted on her Facebook page, “Dear beautiful daughters next to me, your my purpose for thriving … us three can take on the world.”

7 comments

  • wes

    This smells like the good ol boys club prosecutor. We are not equal until everyone is treated fairly. Police do not persecute each other and this is a good example of this.

  • Fred

    Not interesting at all. The DA is in a fight for her life for her job. She currently holds a 95 percent conviction rate. Based on the alleged victims sisters statement, the victim is a liar. It’s really hard to prove a he said she said case. The DA and the San Diego City Attorney’s office only takes on “sure win” cases. It’s been this way for many years. Don’t believe me? Have this so called journalist do a follow up and see how many DA and CA cases of domestic violence are prosecuted. All of you would be shocked. I’m guessing it’s still around 9 percent. That’s what it was 6 to 8 years ago. The problem is the laws. A push, a shove, a drunk night hair pull and someone calls the police and the cops are mandated to take a DV report. Most are garbage cases because the victim and suspect come to their senses and don’t want their husband or wife to lose their career. No one convicted of any domestic violence charge can carry a weapon….that means every military person, cop, FBI agent, secret sauce agent (pun intended) border patrol, security guard etc. When there aren’t any independent witnesses, and no visible signs of corporal injury, the cases get canned. The only good thing is it never goes away. So if the suspect ends up with more cases in the future it’s much easier to prosecute without independent witnesses. Prior incidents makes prosecution easier.

    • Ted

      Solid comment Fred. The only thing I would like to add is that the mandatory arrest of DV suspects likely reduces greater violence, in most cases. For most citizens, the arrest alone is enough to knock some sense into you and prosecution is not typically needed. Albeit, I am talking about minor incidents.

      It's too bad this officer was already determined to be guilty by the press and most viewers. Hopefully he gets some counseling and is back on the streets soon. Whether the public wants to believe it or not, this officer's career has likely been filled with numerous acts of placing himself in harms way for the public good.

  • joe

    I've met the wife before walking my dog around the neighborhood. In just the 3 or 4 times ive interacted with her I could tell she was a Spaz. Hopefully this guy shakes the second charge and gets his job back.
    According to the police officers Union he should not have been fired anyways.

  • timshepard

    We need to wake the public up about the DV fraud epidemic. Why wont this newstation tell the truth? The woman lied and the guy is considered guilty until proven innocent. We need real journalism here, not propaganda

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