The cases date back to 2014. Each was investigated by the District Attorney's office, which found that officers' actions were justified in every case. The DA's Office released the videos in an attempt to be more transparent about their investigations. District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis was on hand to view and discuss the videos involving the fatal and non-fatal incidents.
“This is our effort to deal with the electronics and the times,” said Dumanis.
The videos released were for the following cases:
- Aaron Lee Devenere
- Lance Tamyo
- Ja Ma Lo Day
- Alberto Hernandez
- Robert Hober
- Philip McMahon
- Jose Garcia
- Ton Ngoc Nguyen
- Anthony Ashford
- Timothy Smith
“We have to balance a lot of rights. One is the rights of the witnesses, the victims or people that have been injured and the police officer,” said Dumanis.
In May, the District Attorney publicly released video evidence including personal body camera footage of officers for the first time.
She noted that the policy of sharing video evidence like this was new and unfamiliar, but necessary.
“The only reason we have them the evidence is for the purpose of making a legal determination about whether or not legal activity occurred.”
The policy of how to release the videos is evolving and has not been finalized, according to Dumanis.
Public feedback sessions to solicit citizen involvement in formulating a policy were held in May that included San Diego Chief of Police Shelley Zimmerman and Sheriff William Gore.