“In 2010 I got another DNA hit on that same John Doe for a sexual assault case in 2005. The city of LA is too big so there weren’t enough analysts which resulted in 5000 rape kits that weren’t run through the system, the 2005 case being one of them. There were no protocols for testing kits so the kit from 2005 that matched shows that if it had been analyzed at the time of the crime, the original 2006 assault could’ve been avoided. The two cases were identical in nature.
The LAPD isn’t the only system that has issues nationwide. This case brought to light some faults in the system showing the need for more analysts to look at every kit. This trend spread to NY where they too had a backlog of untested sexual assault kits. The city took steps to analyze those kits to make sure no case is left behind. In LAPD there were 21 stations so the detective did everything he could for Northridge student but he was overwhelmed with his case load and limited time. Her U-Visa request was not completed because the detective didn’t completely understand what crimes qualified for a U-Visa. When I got her case, I consulted with an immigration attorney that I knew who also works with domestic violence survivors. That attorney reviewed her case and deemed that her case qualified for a U-Visa. After that, LAPD Domestic Violence Coordinator assisted with completing her U-Visa request.”
P.S. Los Angeles,
“The original Jane Doe case of 2006 ended up leading to two other cases and helped many people. It brought the Northridge student’s case of domestic violence to justice, as well as solved the 2005 sexual assault case by John Doe. It highlighted fundamental issues in the law enforcement system that have since been resolved to help future victims.”