Josue Rivas/OC Weekly Sgt. Daron Wyatt (right) during a 2014 anti-brutality protest outside Anaheim Police headquarters
With a major, cold-case homicide of a law-enforcement officer unsolved and one of the accused killers awaiting trial in February 2013, Anaheim Police Department (APD) Sergeant Elizabeth Faria would have had you believe she purposefully but innocently destroyed interrogation recordings of Rafael Miranda, who says APD beat a false confession out of him.
Faria's explanation is golly-gee simple: APD has an annual budget in the tens of millions of dollars, but there's purportedly a dire shortage of computer hard-drive space. She wanted to free up storage for future files, and nobody internally protested, so--allegedly without even a cursory review to see what evidence she was permanently deleting from a computer devoted to murders--Faria hit the delete button.More »