SAN FRANCISCO, CA. For Immediate Release. By Cody Salfen. Today, six individuals were indicted by a federal grand jury in the latest corruption scandal to rock the San Francisco Police Department. Amongst those indicted; five current SFPD officers and one former SFPD officer.
These indictments largely stem from San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi’s 2011 release of a residential hotel surveillance video. The video depicts plain-clothes SFPD officers engaging in what has been labeled misconduct in the form of officers stealing from hotel guests. The video footage is from 2010. The initial investigation consisted of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office spearheading the probe, which DA George Gascon eventually turned over to federal authorities – citing a conflict of interest. Three of the indictments stem from the hotel incident, while the others pertain to allegations that officers engaged in various on-duty-misdeeds, including one officer allegedly stealing an iTunes gift card and thereafter making a purchase at a San Francisco Apple Store and other allegations relating to the sale of narcotics. Below, see an excerpt from the SFGate.com relating to the indictment (from Henry K. Lee and Jaxon Van Derbeken of SFGate.com / Full Text Article Here: http://bit.ly/1o9VR5L)
From the San Francisco Five veteran San Francisco police officers and a former officer faced federal corruption charges Thursday after a three-year investigation that began when the city’s public defender released surveillance videos purporting to show officers abusing and stealing from residential hotel dwellers.
The grand jury indictments allege that after the FBI and San Francisco police launched a probe in March 2011, they learned three of the officers had stolen a batch of seized marijuana two years earlier. One of those officers, Reynaldo Vargas, delivered the pot to a couple of street informants, told them to sell it and then took a split of the proceeds, federal prosecutors said.
The indictments were unsealed Thursday. They represent one of the biggest scandals to hit the police force since the Fajitagate case, which stemmed from a 2002 fight between three off-duty officers and two men over a bag of fajitas and led to allegations of a cover-up – but no criminal convictions.
Three of the officers charged this week face accusations directly related to the residential hotel searches that were brought to light by city Public Defender Jeff Adachi.
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