"Oro en Paz, Fierro en Guerra" (Gold in Peace, Iron in War)

The San Francisco Police Department

An undercover cop (Isaac Espinoza, July 16, 1974-April 10, 2004) gets killed and the police are all worked up. Acting Chief Heather Fong gets into the act and tries to tell the DA (who campaigned on a no death penalty pledge) that she wants the suspect, David Hill charged so that he could get the death penalty [sfgate] . Even Senator Dianne Feinstein gets into the act and tries to tell the DA, Kamala Harris how to charge the case.

The police might have more sympathy if they had not killed so many people in the city with impunity. It seems like every time the cops kill someone they get off yet when one of their own gets killed they scream holly murder.

A San Francisco police officer is facing disciplinary charges for allegedly using jagged glass to gouge into a handcuffed suspect's face after the man was caught failing to pay cable car fare. Reynaldo C. Vargas, 35, a four-year veteran of the department, faces possible firing based on charges coming before the Police Commission that he stabbed the man repeatedly in the face Oct. 20, 2002. Suspect accuses S.F. cop Man says officer sliced his face while he was handcuffed


Improper strip searches alleged - 2 women sue, claim they were left naked in S.F. jail cells SF Chronicle, September 4, 2003

Former Police Chief Earl Sanders is comming in for a lot of heat over his handling of the Tennison case - See: Innocent! After 13 years in prison, John J. Tennison's life sentence is overturned. But will the people who framed him ever pay for it? By A.C. Thompson

And 2,300 police officers wait in clench-jawed defiance for the complete exoneration of their suspended comrades. "Are you kidding?" said one of several SFPD cops interviewed for this article. "The worst shame of this is that the D.A. had to come in and clean up what we should have done ourselves." Cracking the Code of Silence

The SFPD seems to be in the news a lot lately. The scandal has made the national news as well as exposed political fault lines in San Francisco politics (as well as within the police department itself). The sense here is that a lot of the cops in the SFPD are sick and tired of the crap that is going on in the department and would just as soon see the top management sink in this scandal. Many want to be proud of the department they work for - we hope that they have the courage to continue to feed the media stories which will hopefully lead to the structural changes and restoration of confidence in the department.



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Police killings in San Francisco

In the past twenty years, the department has found only one intentional, on-duty shooting unjustified - out of a total of one hundred - according to attorneys and police officers. That is, officers have been found justified 99 percent of the time. During the same period, the district attorney's office had not prosecuted any officer for an on-duty shooting, according to current and former prosecutors. Shielded from Justice: San Francisco: Incidents - June 1998 Human Rights Watch


Outside of court Tuesday, club manager Gary Johnson, who was not indicted, accused Lungren and state and San Francisco narcotics agents with manufacturing a case against the defendants. "These charges are pathetically weak," he said. "The fact is, I even threw (San Francisco Police Capt. Greg) Corrales out of the office. We rejected many of their attempts to make undercover buys."

District Attorney Terence Hallinan said he'd prosecute repeat violators of a law that had been on the books for years against camping and sleeping overnight in parks. Police Chief Fred Lau ordered helicopter flyovers to pinpoint trouble spots. Lau even asked to borrow Oakland's chopper with thermal-detection equipment to find homeless camps at night. Oakland police declined. Homeless advocates are accusing the city of overkill. [San Francisco targets homeless, USA Today, December 11, 1997]

Serious labor-management troubles erupted along the San Francisco waterfront during the 1930s and spread to the entire U.S. West Coast. Longshoremen sought increased wages, union recognition, and an end to favoritism and arbitrary firings. Employers, backed by police, resisted fiercely. A dramatic showdown in 1934 resulted in San Francisco police killing two strikers. Taxis and San Francisco Labor History Article by Charles Rathbone

Hallinan also expressed concern that he and Police Chief Fred Lau were not informed in advance of the raid, which federal agents usually do before serving search warrants. Mayor Willie Brown called the raid "an insult" to Hallinan's office and the Police Department.- DEA Raids Medical Marijuana Supplier in San Francisco

A page from the Past ... What is going on with the Police in the city? Police Chief Fred Lau row with District Attorney Terence Hallinan. ... comments about SWAT-style police raids, killing of Sheila Patricia Detoy, Police violence against Critical Mass cyclists

SFPD and the ADL

The Anti-Defamation League and San Francisco District Attorney Terence Hallinan are co-sponsoring a community forum to focus attention on the White House Conference on Hate Crimes. Both events are scheduled to take place on Monday, November 10, 1997. The local forum will be held at the University of San Francisco School of Law in Kendrick Hall, Room 102 from noon to 2 p.m. Invited speakers include Mayor Willie Brown, District Attorney Terence Hallinan, members of the Board of Supervisors, Police Chief Fred Lau, U.S. Attorney Michael Yamaguchi, Special Agent in charge of the FBI, Bob Walsh, Archbishop William Levada and representatives of civil rights and community groups. Press Advisory - November 6, 1997 ... Does Hallinan forget the ADL spy case? what's he doing back in bed with the ADL - and what is Chief Lau doing in this? ... ADL's "fact-finder", Roy Bullock, and the cop, Tom Gerard, took turns writing down their license plate numbers, which Gerard turned into addresses thanks to his access to California motor vehicle records. Their spying efforts proved to be part of a much larger intelligence gathering operation that targeted some 12,000 individuals and more than 600 left-of-center organizations in northern California. Counterpunch February 1999

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