In a breach that may have compromised investigations of alleged police misconduct, an employee of San Jose’s Independent Police Auditor repeatedly leaked confidential information over several years to the San Jose police officers union, the union’s former president told the Mercury News. Police Sgt. Bobby Lopez said that the person, whom he would not identify, gave him inside information about complaints made against police officers. He said he was once tipped to an upcoming Mercury News story about the violent arrest of a San Jose State student.
Told of Lopez’s comments, newly-appointed police auditor LaDoris Cordell said she had recently notified the San Jose city attorney of an allegation against an employee. Cordell would give no details, but Skyler Porras, former head of the local office of the American Civil Liberties Union, said she notified the IPA late last month of her belief that Lopez had a spy in the office. The five-person staff of the Independent Police Auditor provides the primary independent oversight of the city’s police department, receiving citizen complaints against the police and monitoring the police department’s investigations of its own officers.