Open Vallejo’s Geoffrey King on Badge-Bending by Vallejo Police

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Vallejo Police cruiser (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

An investigative report by Open Vallejo, a recently launched independent news site, has found that a secret clique in the Vallejo Police Department bends back points of their badges to commemorate each time they kill in the line of duty. These revelations came as a shock at a time when the nation is focused on issues of police brutality and less than two weeks after the California Department of Justice announced an investigation into Vallejo Police for destroying evidence in the killing of Sean Monterrosa. We talk with Geoffrey King, founder and editor of Open Vallejo, about the report.


Geoffrey King, founder and editor of Open Vallejo; attorney; lecturer, UC Berkeley