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2nd Officer Accused of Misconduct Identified

Sources tell NBC 7 the accused officer is Donald Moncrief



    2nd Accused Officer Identified

    NBC 7 has confirmed the name of the second officer accused of misconduct on the job. NBC 7's Omari Fleming has more. (Published Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014)

    NBC 7 has learned the identity of the second San Diego Police officer accused of misconduct.

    Multiple police sources confirm that Officer Donald Moncrief, 39, is accused of touching a woman he was arresting and exposing himself to her.

    The alleged victim originally thought former Officer Christopher Hays was the officers in her alleged encounter, but after investigating, SDPD Chief William Lansdowne said the department found her case involves a completely different officer.

    The woman told police the encounter happened during an auto theft arrest last February in the South Bay. She said the officer touched her inappropriately and exposed himself.

    Court Docs: Moncrief Involved in Prior Civil Suit

    [DGO]Court Docs: Moncrief Involved in Prior Civil Suit
    NBC 7 is learning more about San Diego Police Officer Donald Moncrief, who faces allegations of misconduct while on the job. As NBC 7’s Mari Payton explains, Moncrief, the city and the police department settled an unrelated civil suit from 2010.
    (Published Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014)

    While he won’t confirm the officer’s identity, Lansdowne said the accused officer has been suspended during the investigation with pay. No criminal charges have been filed against him yet.

    Moncrief is a six-year SDPD veteran who worked as a defensive tactics instructor for the department, according to his biography on an amateur mixed martial arts page.

    The former Marine was also a member of the SDPD honor guard as of 2011, a police officer association’s publication reveals.

    SDPD Chief William Lansdowne has called for an audit of the police department in light of accusations against Moncrief and Hays. 

    After seven women came forward to accuse of Hays of improper pat downs and forcing sexual acts, Hays resigned from the police department

    On Tuesday, he was formally charged with two felony counts of false imprisonment and three misdemeanor counts of sexual battery involving four women.

    Public Perception After SDPD Scandals

    [DGO] Public Perception After SDPD Scandals
    NBC 7's Rory Devine talks with San Diegans about how they perceive their police department in light of misconduct allegations against two officers.
    (Published Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014)

    Meanwhile, San Diego's interim mayor described the officers under investigation as "a handful of bad apples." 

    At a press briefing Thursday, Interim Mayor Todd Gloria said he has complete confidence in Lansdowne as he tackles the dual scandals. 

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