Greg Corrales

Capt. Greg Corrales, 54, a 30-year police veteran who runs the Mission District Station, was supervisor for two of the rookie officers allegedly involved in the incident. A graduate of the University of San Francisco and the National Academy, he lives in San Francisco with his wife, SFPD Inspector Liane Corrales. The highest-ranking official in charge of the early investigation, he once called the allegations "ludicrous." He has been awarded numerous honors but has also faced his own controversy, including lawsuits and claims of excessive force and improper conduct. Careers of indicted brass and officers

From his 1969 hiring through 2002, Corrales accumulated at least 80 misconduct complaints made by citizens and was a defendant in 18 lawsuits, according to court and department records. The last police misconduct lawsuit was filed against him in 1992, records show. Most of the suits alleged that Corrales and officers he worked with used unnecessary force in arresting citizens, often for minor crimes. City taxpayers have spent more than $280,000 in jury awards and settlements to resolve the cases in which he was a defendant. In one case, Corrales was accused of choking and clubbing a cabdriver who had committed a minor parking violation. An arbitrator who heard the case in 1985 ruled that the city should pay the cabbie $25,000 in damages and that Corrales should pay him another $15,000 personally. The city appealed the decision and later ended up settling for $45,000. In another case, the city paid $26,000 to settle a brutality lawsuit in which Corrales was accused of punching a motorist in the neck after detaining the man for double-parking. In a third, the city paid $12,500 for damage caused during an auto accident that occurred when Corrales suddenly made an illegal U-turn on the Golden Gate Bridge. According to court records, at one point in the early 1980s, Corrales was being sued three or four times a year. But the pace slowed after 1983. Despite his history, Corrales, a former Marine, was admired greatly by many officers on the force for his dedication to the job, and he won promotions to sergeant, lieutenant and captain. At a recent Police Commission meeting, citizens praised the hard work he was doing to clean up drug dealing in the Mission District. According to Police Commission records, Corrales has never been disciplined for a single alleged instance of excessive force. SFPD's dismal record battling misconduct

Police Capt. Gregory Corrales, also indicted, was sued in 1985 for allegedly choking and clubbing a taxi driver who had committed a minor parking violation. The city settled the case for $45,000. According to court records, Corrales was named in three or four lawsuits in the early 1980s. SFPD INDICTMENTS CRISIS IN TRUST: Big changes suggested

Head of San Francisco Police Narcotics Unit Reassigned in CBC Controversy Captain Greg Corrales, head of the San Francisco police narcotics unit, was notified on August 9 of his transfer from the Hall of Justice headquarters to the Ingleside Station. Corrales' narcotics unit shopped the CBC evidence to the DEA, which led to the August 4 raid by state officials. Police Chief Fred Lau said on August 8 that Corrales' transfer was a "regular move" and not "directly related to what is going on this week." Some police say Corrales is being made a political scapegoat. Deputy Chief John Willett admits, "It was my recommendation to the chief that Captain Corrales be transferred from narcotics because he is becoming the center and focus -- both from the media and from outside sources -- of this investigation, and that should not happen." However, Willett insists that Corrales' transfer is not a disciplinary action (Phil Matier and Andrew Ross, "S.F.'s Top Drug Cop to Be Moved," San Francisco Chronicle, August 9, 1996, p. A1). State Agents Raid Cannabis Buyers' Club in San Francisco

Attorney representing Corrales -- Bill Fazio: The lawyer for Capt. Greg Corrales, Fazio also is well known at the Hall of Justice, after waging two unsuccessful campaigns for district attorney and preparing for another run in November. The 54-year-old defense attorney was a San Francisco prosecutor for 20 years, handling many high- profile homicide cases. - Cops' stellar array of lawyers ... Bill Fazio: Ho hum, it might be deja vu all over again if this two-time loser decides to stumble into the contest again -- he narrowly lost squeakers to Hallinan in their dirty campaign battles of 1995 and 1999. Truth is, Fazio would be ensconced in the top-cop position already if the pro-Hallinan Fang family hadnít ruthlessly slandered him in the SF Independent (yeah, some folks actually read that rag.) The sharp-toothed Chinese media tycoons relentlessly trashed Fazio in abundant misleading articles, even printing absurd allegations that Fazio had ties to the MAFIA! Their hysteric suggestion that he was a West Coast Tony Soprano was hogwash, of course, but Fazio didnít deserve anyoneís vote anyway -- his tough-guy, law & order prosecutorial stance from the center-right doesnít jibe with the average San Franciscanís liberal tolerance. Is there authentic dirt in Billís bio? Yeah, there is, truckloads full of garbage -- but it doesnít matter anyway because my hunch is that he wonít submit himself to a third public humiliation. Cynical voters are eager for fresh faces, anyone new, please! Anyone but Bill. The Next District Attorney Will Be...? A pair of police whistle-blowers revealed that challenger Bill Fazio had been nabbed and briefly questioned last December during a vice squad raid on Mason Street's Dragon Oriental Massage. Hit & Run CCVI

The SFPD website lists Corrales at the Mission Station, 630 Valencia St., 94110 415-558-5400

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