SAN DIEGO — The results of a U.S. Justice Department probe into officer misconduct at the San Diego Police Department are scheduled to be released this morning.
A late-morning news conference is scheduled to announce the findings of the review by the federal Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer, City Attorney Jan Goldsmith and SDPD Chief Shelley Zimmerman asked for the probe about a year ago, following a series of arrests of officers for various violations.
- Anthony Arevalos was convicted of demanding sexual favors from women stopped for suspected drunken driving in the Gaslamp Quarter;
- Christopher Hays pleaded guilty to groping and illegally detaining four women while on duty; and
- husband-and-wife officers Bryce and Jennifer Charpentier admitted to breaking into people’s homes to steal prescription painkillers to feed their drug habits.
Other officers were arrested for drunken driving, domestic assault and indecent exposure.
City leaders asked for the federal investigation and for recommendations to improve local policing and public safety efforts with the goal of restoring public confidence in the SDPD.