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A Teenager Sued SDPD, and Was Documented as a Gang Member Soon After – Voice of San Diego

Jamie Wilson, the parent of a 17-year-old at the center of a lawsuit challenging SDPD’s DNA collection policies, questions the department’s decision to document her son as a gang member shortly after the suit was filed. The lawsuit stems from a March 30, 2016, incident involving Wilson’s son, a minor referred to as “P.D.” in court documents, and four friends who were leaving the Memorial Park rec center after a basketball game. In June 2016, a juvenile court judge dismissed the charges against P.D., finding that police based their decision to stop the teens on race and lacked probable cause to search P.D.’s bag. “Nine months of not getting in any trouble — he hasn’t done anything wrong — and then weeks after we filed the lawsuit and did the press conference, they feel like he needs to be documented as a gang member?” Wilson said. It’s a new process, the result of legislation passed by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber — whose district includes southeastern San Diego — after a state audit found CalGang lacked transparency and people were being entered in the database without proper substantiation.

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