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Judge: Enough Evidence for Jury to Hear Evidence of Police Coverup

A federal judge ruled there is enough evidence for a jury to hear allegations that the SDPD condoned and covered up misconduct by a former officer

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    NBC 7's Candice Nguyen reports on how a civil lawsuit filed by "Jane Doe," one of the victims of former police officer Anthony Arevalos, will be allowed to present evidence of a coverup within the San Diego Police Department. (Published Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014)

    A federal judge ruled Tuesday there is enough evidence for a jury to hear allegations that the San Diego Police Department condoned and covered up misconduct by former police officer Anthony Arevalos.

    Arevalos was convicted of eliciting sexual favors from women while on patrol in the Gaslamp Quarter.

    According to Linda Workman, the attorney for one of the victim’s only identified as “Jane Doe,” her client will be allowed to present evidence to the jury of the police department’s alleged “Code of Silence.”

    "We are pleased that the truth about the SDPD's code of silence is coming out," said Workman. “This is about whether a woman feels safe driving at night. This is about my daughter or your daughter my sister or your sister are safe on the streets at night.”

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    NBC 7 reached out to the San Diego Police Department which referred questions to the City Attorney’s office.

    Deputy City Attorney Michael Giorgino provided this statement:

    “The ruling does not change much in that the city is already responsible under the law for Arevalos’ misconduct while on duty. We settled with 12 of the 13 victims. We were unable to reach an agreement with Jane Doe, so we will go to trial. The issue at trial remains what injuries Jane Doe suffered and how much she should be awarded.

    She says she fears being outside because of the incident, for example, and should be awarded damages for that. We want the jury to see all the evidence and set a reasonable amount for whatever injuries they find she, in fact, suffered. That’s what the case is about.”

    Workman and Jane Doe’s other attorney Joe Dicks would not say how much Jane Doe is seeking in damages. They told NBC 7 that information and their evidence on the alleged cover-up will only be revealed in court.

    According to Workman, Jane Doe is scheduled present the evidence to a jury at trial which begins July 8, 2014 in Federal Court.