Rights Groups Assail San Diego D.A. Over Shooting


The NAACP and the Nation of Islam are criticizing San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis for not filing charges against three police officers for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man. The Los Angeles Times says the case highlights a policy change: Unlike her predecessor, Dumanis does not permit official letters detailing police shootings to be posted on her Web site.

A seven-page summary of the investigation into the Oct. 11 shooting of Billye Venable was released by the police chief. Venable, 26, was fatally shot while allegedly resisting arrest for violating parole.

Dumanis refused to post investigative letters on the Web because they might include witnesses’ names and background about the criminal history of the victim. “I cannot control the cynical media,” Dumanis said. “Whether it’s popular or not, I believe in doing the right thing.” Dumanis defeated two-term incumbent Paul Pfingst in November 2002.

Link: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-shoot6jan06,1,4350653.story?coll=la-headlines-california

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