This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.
This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.
Shoddy Fingerprint Analysis Inks Bad Impression on LAPD
Oops! The LA Times got their hands on an LAPD confidential report that admits people were wrongly charged with crimes because fingerprint specialists apparently didn't have those specialized skills. Rhonda Sims-Lewis, chief of the LAPD's administrative and technical bureau and others "described a poorly run operation, in which records and evidence were left lying around or misplaced, and supervisors 'were stuck in the old way of doing things.' Pressed to explain the sloppy work of the unit, Yvette Sanchez-Owens, commanding officer of the Scientific Investigation Division, speculated that 'people were reviewing the work of friends and just rubber stamping it without really reviewing it.'" One analyst was fired and another three were suspended.