DA will dis­miss cases in­volv­ing fired de­tec­tive

Antelope Valley Press - - News -

AN­TI­OCH (AP) — Pros­e­cu­tors will move to dis­miss three cases po­ten­tially tainted by the tes­ti­mony of a for­mer An­ti­och de­tec­tive who was fired in 2017 for leak­ing in­for­ma­tion to known crim­i­nals, Con­tra Costa County District At­tor­ney Diana Bec­ton an­nounced Thurs­day.

For­mer An­ti­och De­tec­tive San­ti­ago Castillo’s mis­con­duct was ex­posed through records ob­tained by news or­ga­ni­za­tions that are part of the Cal­i­for­nia Re­port­ing Project, which is col­lect­ing of­fi­cer mis­con­duct and se­ri­ous use-of-force in­for­ma­tion through­out the state un­der a new po­lice trans­parency law.

The records show Castillo was sus­pected of shar­ing con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion with sus­pected crim­i­nals as far back as 2010, KQED News re­ported. When in­ter­nal af­fairs in­ves­ti­ga­tors con­fronted Castillo, they found his ex­pla­na­tion, that he some­times told in­for­mants po­lice were watch­ing them “to scare them,” was not cred­i­ble. In­ves­ti­ga­tors also found Castillo had sub­mit­ted over­time that he didn’t work and had mis­han­dled ev­i­dence.

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