Maybe the title is wrong. Given the lack of prosecutions, I guess police misconduct must not really be a crime.
This is from back in March, but I found it when I came across a May update. A San Francisco public defender is releasing video of cops in civilian clothes caught raiding hotel rooms without the niceties of search warrants and they took property without logging it as evidence. The articles go on to say that the video contradicts the police reports. I’m stunned.
But the part I found interesting is a later article reporting that the police chief is pissed off at the public defender for fucking up his cases.
Police Chief Jeff Godown held a press conference Thursday [3/31/11] to “push back” against Public Defender Jeff Adachi over dozens of dropped drug cases where surveillance video is the onus for dismissal.
Godown said Adachi has painted the police department with a wide brush and despite wider use of video in apartments and by the general public, police will continue standard protocol.
Yeah, you tell ’em, Chief! You’re not going to let no little stinkin’ rash of dismissals rain on your parade.
Good on the public defender for standing up to the cops on a pretty large scale. To me that would be about the same as standing up to the Mafia, so I don’t take that kind of courage lightly (especially when it’s someone who doesn’t stand to gain much, beyond his usual paycheck, for doing it).
On a side note, further south in San Diego, there have been so many police misconduct cases lately that they’ve established a hotline. As we all know, a hotline is a mechanism for blocking complaints from reaching the people they are directed to.
[Posted by Dave Krueger]