Gascon said there may be "some people, we're not sure what that number
will be" of officers who won't be able to testify due to skeletons in
their closets. Still, "we feel very confident that we have vetted out our
entire department and we know what needs to be known," Gascon continued.
Officers will be given a chance to respond before deciding
whether such information will be released to the district attorney for
potential disclosure at trial.
In other big news, police announced that the department's embattled
crime lab has gotten rid of its backlog of DNA testing for homicide and
sexual assaults by farming out excess cases to the Alameda County lab. "We don't have a backlog in
homicides today and we will never again allow a backlog in crimes of
violence," Gascon said. He reported that the crime lab is currently
searching for an additional supervisor and two criminologists to ease
the staffing woes.
Other announcements today:
crime lab tech Debbie Madden, who is accused of using some of the
cocaine she was supposed to be testing -- triggering a scandal that led to thousands of drug cases being dropped.
investigations unit to investigate alleged crimes committed by police, and an
administrative investigations unit to investigate all misconduct
allegations against police.
personally am outraged. The loss of human life, regardless of the
circumstances is a tragedy. But when you have a person who's not
involved in any kind of criminal activity ... in a highly traveled
commercial area, we get a group of thugs -- because there really no other
name for them, they are thugs, with very low value on human life, decide
to engage in a gun battle, resulting in three people being shot, and
this lady dying is an outrage...
The community really needs to look at
this and evaluate whether we should be so tolerant of this
behavior ... Often for very minor incidents I'm inundated with phone calls
and e-mails. I was shocked, by the fact I did not get a single e-mail
with anyone being concerned about the fact this woman lost her life the
way she did."