San Diego City Attorney candidate Mara Elliott on Wednesday called on San Diego Police to analyze DNA evidence in all rape investigations.
Elliott said that last year evidence collected from victims was analyzed by the crime lab only half of the time, and there is a backlog of 2,000 untested “rape kits” over the last ten years.
“I’m committing to end the backlog of untested rape kits in San Diego and to push for a comprehensive citywide policy to test all DNA evidence in sexual assault cases,” she said.
“Leaving evidence untested from thousands of reported sexual assaults sends the wrong message to victims of rape,” she added. “Collecting a rape kit is an ordeal for victims that can take up to four hours.”
The San Diego Police Department has argued that testing all rape kits is not the most efficient way to investigate rape cases.
Elliott, the city’s chief deputy city attorney, is the Democratic candidate for the position in the November election. She faces Robert Hickey, a deputy city attorney and former prosecutor of the year who is endorsed by the San Diego Republican Party.