San Diego police officer, deputy district attorney charged with ticket-fixing
A San Diego County deputy district attorney and a San Diego police sergeant have been charged with misdemeanors for allegedly fixing two traffic tickets, officials said Friday.
Deputy Dist. Atty. Allison Debow and Police Sgt. Kevin Friedman have both been suspended pending internal investigations, according to the district attorney's office and the Police Department.
The criminal case is being handled by the state attorney general's office in San Diego.
According to court documents, Debow persuaded Friedman to destroy seat-belt tickets that a police officer had just issued to her and Deputy Dist. Atty. Amy Maund. Friedman allegedly put the tickets in a bin at the police station used for trash.
Maund did not ask Debow to do this and was unaware that Friedman had destroyed her ticket, according to the documents.
The two deputy district attorneys were riding in the same car May 28 when traffic Officer James Zirpolo stopped the car and began to issue both women tickets for not wearing seat belts.
Debow allegedly tried to talk the officer out of the tickets by telling him that she and Maund were both prosecutors. Failing that, she immediately telephoned Friedman, a longtime friend and supervisor in the traffic division, the court documents say. He destroyed the tickets that night, according to the documents.
"The district attorney's office has a zero-tolerance policy regarding unethical or unlawful behavior by its employees," said Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis. "In light of this criminal case, a special ethics training for the entire district attorney's office has been scheduled."
-- Tony Perry in San Diego