Coachella Valley police use of force: How your department ranks

A SWAT team practiced at Palm Desert High School in July 2011 in this file photo (Richard Lui, The Desert Sun).

The Desert Sun ran a nearly four-page special investigation Sunday examining Coachella Valley police use of force:

Story: Coachella Valley use-of-force reports drop, but four deadly shootings ties record

Graphic: A closer look at use-of-force reports

Valley police shot seven people in confrontations in 2012, four of them deadly.

So far this year, valley police have shot two people. Palm Springs police shot a man Jan. 9 after they say he ran into three officers with a car. Three Indio police officers shot a man late Monday.

Nationwide, officers used force in 3.6 out of every 10,000 calls over a two-year period, according to the last-known comprehensive national study, published by the International Association of Chiefs of Police in 2001.

Here’s how your police department ranks for use of force — batons, dog bites, pepper spray, physical force, shootings, Tasers — according to The Desert Sun’s analysis of their data:

2012

  • Palm Springs: 28 uses of force (4.36 times per 10,000 calls)
  • Indio: 21 uses of force (3.23 times per 10,000 calls)
  • Desert Hot Springs: 10 uses of force (2.87 times per 10,000 calls)
  • Cathedral City: 3 uses of force (0.68 times per 10,000 calls)

2011

  • Indio: 31 uses of force (4.39 times per 10,000 calls)
  • Palm Springs: 22 uses of force (3.44 times per 10,000 calls)
  • Cathedral City: 9 uses of force (1.95 times per 10,000 calls)
  • Desert Hot Springs: 6 uses of force (1.67 times per 10,000 calls)

2010

  • Indio: 35 uses of force (4.97 times per 10,000 calls)
  • Palm Springs: 28 uses of force (3.9 times per 10,000 calls)
  • Desert Hot Springs: 7 uses of force (1.72 times per 10,000 calls)
  • Cathedral City: 8 uses of force (1.57 times per 10,000 calls)

 

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department — which oversees police services in Coachella, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Palm Desert and Rancho Mirage — could not provide comparable data.

After repeated requests, it gave The Desert Sun its data on shootings and dog bites, as well as stun gun use for January through August 2012 only.

The sheriff’s department does not track its deputies’ other force, including baton usage, pepper spray or physical force.

Cathedral City mayoral recount to begin Thursday after Chip Yarborough loses to Kathy DeRosa

Challenger Chip Yarborough reacted on Nov. 6 to Election Night returns, which put him ahead in the Cathedral City mayoral race. (Wade Byars, The Desert Sun)

A manual recount in the Cathedral City mayoral race will begin Thursday, the Riverside County Registrar of Voters announced Monday.

Chip Yarborough requested the recount after Mayor Kathy DeRosa’s come-from-behind victory. She finished with 5,729 votes, a 13-vote edge.

A recount costs about $1,873 per day, the registrar estimated.

A recount of the 12,303 ballots may take about three days, bringing the total cost to about $5,600.

The public recount will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday at the registrar’s office, 2724 Gateway Drive in Riverside.

Today was the last day to request a recount in Riverside County.

Related link: How recounts work in California

Here’s how recounts work in California now that Riverside County is done counting

Twenty days after the polls closed, the Riverside County Registrar of Voters certified the results of the election on Monday. The final tally came in at 3:17 p.m. and was sent on to the Board of Supervisors.

The California Secretary of State tracks the counting of ballots and, as of 5 p.m. today, showed 21 of the 58 counties were done tallying.

Two Coachella Valley candidates had come-from-behind victories that look like prime candidates for recounts:

Cathedral City Mayor Kathy DeRosa finished with 5,729 votes (46.57%) over challenger Chip Yarbrough’s 5,716 (46.46%) — a 13-vote difference.

Palm Desert challenger Susan Marie Weber finished with 6,153 votes (15.83%) to incumbent Mayor Pro Tem Bill Kroonen’s 6,108 (15.71%) — a 45-vote gap.

Under state law, here’s how recounts work in California:

  • Any voter can ask for a recount.
  • The person requesting the recount foots the bill.
  • The voter must file a request with the Registrar of Voters office within five days after election results are certified. (The deadline in this case is Dec. 3.)
  • Recounts are public and must begin within seven days of receiving the request.
  • Any ballot may be challenged for ambiguity, incompleteness or other defects.
  • Recounts continue daily — not including weekends or holidays —for at least six hours every day until finished.

Registrar Kari Verjil hasn’t been able to provide a cost estimate for what a recount would cost today in these specific races.

Virginian has ‘gut feeling’ Obama will win

20121106-151042.jpgJerry, who declined to give his last name, was sitting at the Starbucks on Vista Chino in Cathedral City waiting for a freshly brewed grande decaf coffee.

The 71-year-old – who also declined to say who he voted for – admitted that he and his wife’s vote canceled each other’s out.

The couple winters in Cathedral City, but their permanent residence is in the swing state of Virginia. He said he voted by mail three weeks ago.

His children’s votes also cancel each other out, he added. His daughter, who lives in Santa Barbara, voted for Obama. His son, who lives in Virginia, cast his vote for Romney.

“I think Obama is going to win,” Jerry said. “My wife doesn’t think he will. It’s just a gut feeling I have. I think he’s going to take Virginia.”

 

Football: Breaking down the DVL playoff race

Let’s take a look at the Desert Valley League standings after tonight’s results:

Palm Springs 4-0

La Quinta 3-1

Cathedral City 2-2

Palm Desert 2-2

Coachella Valley 1-3

Indio 0-4

Here are the playoff scenarios:

  • Palm Springs clinches the outright DVL title with a victory over Cathedral City.
  • Cathedral City clinches a playoff berth with a victory over Palm Springs.
  • La Quinta clinches a playoff berth with a victory over Palm Desert.
  • If Cathedral City beats Palm Springs, and Palm Desert beats La Quinta, there would be a three-way tie for second at 3-2 between Cathedral City, La Quinta and Palm Desert. Cathedral City would earn the second seed because it would be the only one of the three teams with a victory over Palm Springs. Palm Desert would get the third seed because of its head-to-head victory over La Quinta.
  • If Palm Springs beats Cathedral City, and Palm Desert beats La Quinta, Palm Desert would finish in a tie for second with La Quinta at 3-2. Palm Desert would earn the second seed because of its head-to-head victory over La Quinta, which would receive the third seed.
  • If Palm Springs beats Cathedral City, La Quinta beats Palm Desert and Coachella Valley beats Indio, there would be a three-way tie for third at 2-3 between Cathedral City, Coachella Valley and Palm Desert. A coin flip would decide the third seed.
  • If Palm Springs beats Cathedral City, La Quinta beats Palm Desert and Indio beats Coachella Valley, Cathedral City and Palm Desert would tie for third at 2-3. Cathedral City would receive the third seed because of its head-to-head victory over Palm Desert.

It will be interesting to watch how it will play out next Friday. The annual rivalry games will take on even more significance.

Football: Week 9 Power Rankings

1. Palm Springs (6-2, last week No. 1): The Indians barely held on to the top spot, coming back to defeat La Quinta 20-14 in overtime last week.

2. La Quinta (2-6, 3): The Blackhawks wore down Palm Springs in the second half, running the ball effectively on tow long touchdown drives. They will look to build on that success.

3. Palm Desert (2-6, 2): The Aztecs’ playoff hopes got a boost when Palm Springs and Coachella Valley both came back to win last week.

4. Shadow Hills (5-3, 6): The Knights have won two in a row, and they are now ranked 10th in the CIF Southern Section East Valley Division, their first appearance ever in the poll.

5. Coachella Valley (2-6, 8): The Arabs climb three spots after stunning Cathedral City 27-24 in double overtime.

6. Cathedral City (5-3, 4): The Lions drop two spots after they couldn’t hold off Coachella Valley in the second half. Will the loss cost them a playoff berth?

7. Desert Hot Springs (4-4, 5): The Golden Eagles haven’t been eliminated from the East Valley Division playoffs after their loss to Twentynine Palms last week, but they likely will have to win their final two games to advance.

8. Indio (1-7, 7): The Rajahs have struggled in DVL play since beating Yucca Valley in their final non-league game.

9. Xavier Prep (2-6, 9): The Saints have won two in a row, and they return home Friday to face Capistrano Valley Christian.

10. Desert Mirage (0-8, 10): The Rams’ offense continued its improvement in a loss to Shadow Hills last week.

Eight-man

1. Desert Christian Academy (7-1, last week No. 1): Ranked first in Division I, the Conquerors close out the regular season against Desert Chapel on Friday.

2. Desert Chapel (7-1, 2): Ranked No. 2 in Division II, the Eagles can take over the top spot by beating Desert Christian Academy on Friday.

3. Marywood-Palm Valley (4-3, 3): The undaunted Firebirds can win the Majestic League by Cornerstone Christian on Friday.

Football: Week 8 Power Rankings

1. Palm Springs (5-2, last week No. 1): The Indians have held the top spot since the season began, and they can solidify their position with a victory over La Quinta at home.

2. La Quinta (2-5, 3): The Blackhawks move up one spot after Palm Desert’s 27-20 loss to Palm Springs. They can take over the top spot by beating the Indians on Friday.

3. Palm Desert (1-6, 2): The Aztecs need to win their remaining three games to have a chance to make the playoffs.

4. Cathedral City (5-2, 5): The Lions climb one spot after dominating the second half in a 40-7 victory over Indio.

5. Desert Hot Springs (4-3, 4): The Golden Eagles host Twentynine Palms in a key De Anza League matchup on Thursday.

6. Shadow Hills (4-3, 7): The Knights take over at No. 6 because of their 13-7 victory over Twentynine Palms.

7. Indio (1-6, 6): The Rajahs struggled in the second half of a 40-7 loss to Cathedral City.

8. Coachella Valley (1-6, 8): The Arabs will look to get back on track against Cathedral City on Friday.

9. Xavier Prep (1-6, 9): The Saints face Rancho Christian on Friday after a bye week.

10. Desert Mirage (0-7, 10): The Rams’ offense came alive in a 24-13 loss to Yucca Valley.

Eight-man

1. Desert Christian Academy (6-1, last week No. 1): Now ranked first in Division I, the Conquerors take on Division I No. 1 Joshua Springs at home Thursday.

2. Desert Chapel (6-1, 2): Ranked No. 2 in Division II, the Eagles host Bloomington Christian on Friday.

3. Marywood-Palm Valley (3-3, 3): The undaunted Firebirds are 2-0 in the Majestic League.

Football: Week 7 Power Rankings

Before getting to this week’s power rankings, let’s take a look at the CIF Central Division, which is composed of the Desert Valley League and four other leagues. Three teams from each league earn automatic playoff spots, with one at-large berth up for grabs.

INLAND VALLEY

Ranked teams: No. 5 Arlington, No. 7. J.W. North, No. 10 Rancho Verde

Outlook: Rancho Verde, the defending Central Division champion, was upset by Poly (Riverside) 21-14 on Friday. Although Poly’s victory has shaken up the league, Rancho Verde would be in the running for an at-large berth if it finishes fourth. The Mustangs still haven’t played Arlington or J.W. North.

SUNBELT

Ranked teams: No. 2 Heritage, No. 4 Elsinore, No. 6 Paloma Valley

Outlook: Heritage hasn’t played Elsinore or Paloma Valley yet; Elsinore beat Paloma Valley 31-28 on Friday. If these three teams remain ranked, it might shake up the playoff seeding. Could the league’s third-place team host a first-round game?

SUNKIST

Ranked teams: No. 1 Summit, No. 3 Kaiser

Outlook: After beating Kaiser 29-7 on Friday, Summit will likely go on to win the league title. The third-place team will have a losing record. Colton, Fontana and Grand Terrace are all 1-5, and Bloomington is 0-6.

MOUNT BALDY

Ranked teams: No. 9 Chino

Outlook: The DVL and Mt. Baldy League both have only one team ranked. Last year, Colony beat Chino to win the league title and advanced to the Central Division semifinals. Chino hosts Colony on Oct. 26.

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What are the Desert Valley League’s postseason chances this year? With four games remaining in the regular season, it’s still too early to tell, but the league’s relative weakness might hurt it when the CIF determines the playoff pairings. With five leagues in the division, not every second-place team is guaranteed a home playoff game. There are eight first-round games, and 10 teams will finish either first or second.

If the pairings were determined by the current rankings, the second-place DVL team would likely have to go on the road. With at least two ranked teams apiece, the Inland Valley, Sunbelt and Sunkist leagues would likely each be given two home playoff games, and the DVL and Mt. Baldy League would probably get one apiece.

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Here are the power rankings:

1. Palm Springs (4-2, last week No. 1): The Indians will try to keep the top spot when they take on Palm Desert on Friday.

2. Palm Desert (1-5, 2): The Aztecs are eager to take the field after they were forced to forfeit Friday’s game against Cathedral City.

3. La Quinta (1-5, 3): The Blackhawks will get their shot to climb the rankings when they travel to Palm Springs next week.

4. Desert Hot Springs (4-3, 4): The Golden Eagles are off this week as they prepare for a big game against Twentynine Palms.

5. Cathedral City (4-2, 6): A victory over Indio on Friday would help the Lions’ playoff chances.

6. Indio (1-5, 7): The Rajahs jump ahead of Shadow Hills because they have beaten Yucca Valley.

7. Shadow Hills (3-3, 5): The Knights drop two spots after their loss to Yucca Valley on Friday.

8. Coachella Valley (1-5, 8): The Arabs’ three-game road swing begins Friday in La Quinta.

9. Xavier Prep (1-6, 10): The Saints climb one spot after their victory over Firebaugh on Friday.

10. Desert Mirage (0-6, 9): Injuries have hurt the Rams this year.

Eight-man

1. Desert Christian Academy (5-1, last week No. 1): Ranked third in Division I, the Conquerors open Victory League play against Bloomington Christian on Friday.

2. Desert Chapel (6-0, 2): The Eagles, ranked second in Division II, face Division II No. 1 Joshua Springs on the road Friday.

3. Marywood-Palm Valley (2-3, 3): The Firebirds are aiming to win their second consecutive game Saturday as they face Calvary Baptist.

Football: Week 6 Power Rankings

At the midpoint of the season, I believe the desert’s teams fall into three distinct groups: Palm Springs, Palm Desert and La Quinta; Desert Hot Springs, Shadow Hills, Cathedral City and Indio; and Coachella Valley, Desert Mirage and Xavier Prep.

First group: Regardless of their records, the Desert Valley League’s three perennial powers will always lead the rankings until one of them is beaten by Cathedral City, Indio or Coachella Valley.

Second group: Cathedral City and Indio have each defeated a De Anza League opponent. The Lions edged Twentynine Palms 3-2 last week, while Indio shut out Yucca Valley 32-0 two weeks ago. How Desert Hot Springs and Shadow Hills fare against these De Anza rivals will help to sort out the power rankings.

Third group: Results against a common opponent, Banning, have led me to place the second group of four teams ahead of the three teams in this group. The Broncos beat Coachella Valley 56-0 last week, while Cathedral City (62-32 loss) and Shadow Hills (50-47 loss) were more competitive against Banning.

Here are the power rankings, which are unchanged from last week:

1. Palm Springs (3-2, last week No. 1)

2. Palm Desert (1-5, 2)

3. La Quinta (0-5, 3)

4. Desert Hot Springs (3-3, 4)

5. Shadow Hills (3-2, 5)

6. Cathedral City (4-2, 6)

7. Indio (1-4, 7)

8. Coachella Valley (1-4, 8 )

9. Desert Mirage (0-5, 9)

10. Xavier Prep (0-6, 10)

Eight-man

1. Desert Christian Academy (4-1, last week No. 1)

2. Desert Chapel (5-0, 2)

3. Marywood-Palm Valley (1-3, 3)

Football: How Palm Desert forfeit affects DVL race

Now that Palm Desert has to forfeit its game Friday against Cathedral City, how will that affect the race for the Desert Valley League football title?

First, let’s consider how the DVL race has played out recently. Since I started working at The Desert Sun in September 2008, the DVL season has followed the same script. Here’s what has happened:

  • Palm Springs, except for its second-place finish in 2009, finished first at 5-0;
  • La Quinta, except for its DVL title in ’09, placed second at 4-1;
  • Palm Desert came in third at 3-2;
  • and Cathedral City, Coachella Valley and Indio finished fourth at 2-3, fifth at 1-4 and sixth at 0-5 in some order.

There has been perfect symmetry with one team apiece at 5-0, 4-1, 3-2, 2-3, 1-4 and 0-5. The hierarchy is clear-cut.

In fact, since ’04, teams have aligned in perfect symmetry in the standings all but once. That happened in ’07 when Cathedral City defeated Palm Springs 45-40 in the final week of the regular season. Those two teams and Indio finished in a three-way tie for third at 2-3 in the DVL. Palm Springs ended up earning the third and final automatic playoff berth because of tiebreakers.

The DVL standings could end up muddled again this season. To ensure it secures a playoff berth, Palm Desert will now have to win the rest of its league games. It hasn’t defeated Palm Springs since ’07 and La Quinta since ’05. It still could make the playoffs if it loses to one of those two teams, but it would need some help. I don’t want to get a headache, so let’s skip those scenarios until some actual games are contested.

Here’s the full statement that the CIF Southern Section released Wednesday afternoon: “After having two area liaisons review last Friday night’s football contest between Palm Desert and San Bernardino High Schools and meet with both schools, this office has determined that due to the number of players that violated Bluebook Rule 1927 (Player Conduct) that neither school will have enough players to field a team for this week’s contests and therefore will forfeit those games. The schools scheduled for this week’s games will be notified about the forfeited games and the forfeited contests will serve as the next game suspensions for all ejected players and all players who left the team bench area.”

I understand the player conduct rule doesn’t have any leeway. It states, in part, “Any player who leaves the confines of the bench or team area during a fight that has broken out or may break out will be ineligible for the team’s next contest.”

But I wish that rule took into consideration players’ intent. In my opinion, it looked like many of the Aztecs were trying to protect their teammates when they left the bench and went on the field, specifically one player who was surrounded by about a dozen San Bernardino players. Those Palm Desert players weren’t doing anything wrong, and they shouldn’t be punished because of that.