On March 1st, 2016 San Francisco District Attorney George Gasçon announced that his office would file felony and misdemeanor charges against three Sheriff’s deputies. This comes after D.A. Gasçon sounded off about the Police Officers Association, the Union representing police, in February. His criticism is that the union’s rules make reform impossible; essentially running interference where corruption needs to be examined and dealt with, such as in the case of the three deputies who allegedly played roles in facilitating gladiator-style fights between inmates at the county lockup. Some feel Gasçon’s motives in departmental reform are related more to his political aspirations than they are to any police corruption. District Attorney Gasçon was formerly the San Francisco Chief of Police; and those questioning the D.A.’s motives are presenting this as a conflict of interest.
As detailed in greater scope here: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Ex-police-union-leader-s-explosive-charge-6864230.php
former Police Officers Association Union president, Gary Delagnes, has presented a sworn testimony to the committee which Gasçon appointed to investigate alleged exchanges of racist and homophobic work-related text messages amongst officers. In this testimony Delagnes recalls a 2010 meeting that took place in a restaurant between then-Chief Gasçon, himself, and a couple of other union officials, during which an intoxicated Chief Gasçon didn’t shy away from expressing disdain for minorities and making racist remarks while remembering his time with the Los Angeles Police Department, loudly enough to attract ire from fellow patrons. Current Union President Martin Halloran, who was present at that dinner says that if called to testify he would vouch for the accuracy of Delagnes’s recollection and go into greater detail if or when that time comes.
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