February 22, 2024
A San Diego Police Division patch on an officer’s uniform. Courtesy SDPD

A San Diego police captain who alleges he was discriminated towards by the police division each as a consequence of his race and his refusal to falsify visitors collision reviews, together with one in regards to the police chief’s son, introduced Friday that he can be submitting a lawsuit towards the division.

Capt. Alberto Leos alleges he has utilized for government positions throughout the division on six separate events, however has repeatedly been rejected and handed over for much less skilled White officers.

Leos additionally alleges division management altered reviews regarding officer-involved visitors collisions, together with one which concerned San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit’s son, Ryan Nisleit, additionally an SDPD officer.

Leos says he first found this alleged apply when he discovered his identify cast on one such report. He alleges his direct supervisor ordered his identify cast and the report altered with a purpose to cut back the punishment one other officer may have obtained for a crash.

One other report additionally allegedly altered findings in a crash involving Ryan Nisleit, prompting neighborhood backlash. Leos stated he has confronted retaliation since pushing again on altering the crash report, whereas Nisleit’s son has since been promoted and has not confronted reprimand regardless of allegedly being at fault within the crash.

“It’s true in our division we have now nepotism, bullying, and preferential remedy,” Leos stated at a Friday information convention. “This exists at our division and has existed for a while now.”

In a press release, SDPD stated, “The San Diego Police Division promotes people based mostly on their abilities, {qualifications} and efficiency. The manager management of the division at the moment consists of sworn {and professional} employees with various backgrounds, together with, African-American, Asian American and Pacific Islander, and Latin American illustration. SDPD stays dedicated to selling the very best candidates to serve our communities.”

San Diego Police Officers Affiliation President Jared Wilson stated in a separate assertion, “At this time’s calls for that an Assistant Chief be promoted merely on the grounds of ethnicity or nationality sends the unsuitable message to rank and file officers. Each promotional course of must be benefit based mostly. The rank of Captain is itself a senior management place throughout the division that many try for and is troublesome to acquire.”

One in all Leos’ attorneys, John Gomez, stated that regardless of San Diego’s appreciable Mexican inhabitants, the San Diego Police Division doesn’t have one Mexican-American officer in any of its government positions.

Along with damages, Leos and his attorneys are looking for to have Nisleit and others in SDPD management roles positioned on go away pending a third-party investigation into Leos’ allegations. He additionally requires a bilingual Mexican American to be appointed to one of many seven Assistant Chief positions.

“The retaliation on the government degree left me with no different choice however to maneuver ahead with civil litigation,” Leos stated. “I worry retaliation as I discuss with you right this moment, however doing the precise factor overrides the worry that I’ve.”

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.