LaDoris Cordell, San Jose’s Independent Police Auditor, says a study has concluded that there is no spy inside her office.
“I am greatly relieved that the investigation has determined that there are no leaks of confidential information by any member of my staff,” Cordell said at a press conference outside her downtown office this afternoon.
Cordell announced her conclusions in response to a June 9, 2010 article in the San Jose Mercury News. The newspaper claimed that confidential information from inside the IPA’s office had been leaked to SJPD Sgt. Bobby Lopez, the former president of the San Jose Police Officers Association, during his tenure.
Though Lopez has acknowledged that he did obtain information from a “whistleblower” inside the IPA, he has denied that any of it was confidential.
Following an internal probe by the IPA, as well as an investigation by outside auditor Mike Moye of Hanson Bridgett LLP, Cordell said that she believes no violation of law took place, and that the integrality and independence of her office is intact.
She and Moye took issue with a claim that Lopez was tipped to the fact that the Mercury News had a cell phone video of the October 2009 arrest of Phuong Ho, which resulted in charges of police brutality.
“There is no evidence that IPA staff was aware of a video before the story was printed in the newspaper,” wrote Mike Moye in his report, which was released earlier today on the IPA’s website.
Had Moye’s investigation uncovered a leak of confidential information inside or outside her office that violated the law, Cordell said, she would have immediately referred the matter to the District Attorney’s office.
“What the motivations were of those who made these allegations, I shall never know,” Cordell said. “And I have no interest in finding out. My sole concern is that the integrity of the IPA office is intact.”
Sean Webby, the Mercury News reporter who first reported the suspicions, asked Cordell whether she thought either her staff, former local ACLU representative Skyler Porras or Lopez were lying.
“I do not intend to spend any of my time, or my energy trying to get into the head of Bobby Lopez or Skyler Porras,” Cordell said to Webby.
Cordell said that in response to the allegations (and the fact that she took the IPA position just 32 days ago,) she would be personally sitting down with each member of her staff to re-inform them of her “vision and values.” She said that after the meetings she may “make determinations,” but refused to elaborate on what those would be.