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News, The Snitch It's Over Between Sup. London Breed and the Police Officers Association

It's Over Between Sup. London Breed and the Police Officers Association

The rocky relationship between Board of Supervisors President London Breed and the Police Officers Association, the city's reactionary-but-influential cops' union, appears to be over. Following months of acrimony between the union and Breed over her support for things like creating…
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News, The Thin Bottom Line: A Dubious Program Has Double-Paid Cops $58 Million so Far

The Thin Bottom Line: A Dubious Program Has Double-Paid Cops $58 Million so Far

An uncle in Brooklyn used to take furtive joy in scouring the airwaves for Crazy Eddie discount electronics commercials. These featured a manic gent who produced sounds resembling speech and attempting to impart a message that, ultimately, came down to…
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News, The Snitch Jeff Adachi Responds to Police Slander Allegations

Jeff Adachi Responds to Police Slander Allegations

Gary Delagnes, president of the Police Officers Association, doesn't miss many opportunities to take shots at local pols -- figuratively speaking -- as evidenced again in today's Chron. He penned a brief yet sharp op-ed bluntly calling out Public Defender…
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News, The Snitch Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi Has Gary Delagnes to Thank

Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi Has Gary Delagnes to Thank

A favorite old Far Side comic depicts a dying duelist expiring in the arms of the ritual's adjudicator and stating "I could have sworn you said eleven paces..." In other words, failure to comprehend the rules can result in getting…
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News, Feature Double Drain: Program Pays Cops Pensions While Still on the Force

Double Drain: Program Pays Cops Pensions While Still on the Force

Illustration by David Plunkert Many an offbeat film is highlighted by the crafting of a cockamamie plan blessed with the endorsement, "It's so crazy, it just might work!" Leave it to San Francisco to make this notion the basis…
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News, The Snitch Allegations of 'Phantom Voting' in Police Union Election

Allegations of 'Phantom Voting' in Police Union Election

Accusations as to whether "phantom voting" helped San Francisco Police Officer's Association President Gary Delagnes win reelection fairly surfaced today on the blog of outspoken former cop Andrew Cohen.Despite grumblings about the longtime union president, Delagnes managed to beat out…
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News, The Snitch Cops Weigh in on Johannes Mehserle

Cops Weigh in on Johannes Mehserle

Today, jurors resume deliberations in the case against Johannes Mehserle, deciding whether the former BART cop murdered unarmed rider Oscar Grant, is guilty of manslaughter, or should be outright acquitted. Based on the subsequent reaction of an angry mob, those…
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S.F. Cops on BART Glass-Shattering Incident: C'est La Vie

Every once in a while, we give a call to a veteran San Francisco police officer with 20 years of patrol experience. Naturally we phoned him up to get his take on the weekend incident in which a BART…
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News, The Snitch Did Police Union Block New Chief From Hiring Outside Brass?

Did Police Union Block New Chief From Hiring Outside Brass?

When George Gascon became chief of police two months ago, everybody seemed to agree: This bad-ass cop would rid the SFPD of its dead wood, and reform what experts had taken to calling the Western United States' most hidebound law…
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News, The Snitch Police Union Boss Excoriates SEIU -- Says Cops' Wage Concessions Deal Won't Be Altered

Police Union Boss Excoriates SEIU -- Says Cops' Wage Concessions Deal Won't Be Altered

When the SEIU dropped a bombshell on the city's budget last week -- while riding that bombshell, Slim Pickens-style -- observers wondered if it would induce an ill-timed tsunami of churlishness among city unions. After all, if the biggest union…
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News, The Snitch S.F. Police Union President: 'I Would Bet My Kids' Lives' Oscar Grant Shooting an Accident

S.F. Police Union President: 'I Would Bet My Kids' Lives' Oscar Grant Shooting an Accident

If Gary Delagnes had been the cop working next to Johannes Mehserle when the now-infamous ex-BART policeman shot Oscar Grant, he knows what he would have said: "What the fuck did you just do?"The 30-year cop and president of the…
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News, The Snitch SF's New Top Cop Won't Have Contract Protection

SF's New Top Cop Won't Have Contract Protection

By John Geluardi The San Francisco Police Commission will begin the New Year by kicking off a national search for new police chief who, unfortunately, will be denied a critical tool to make improvements on one of the most…
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News, The Snitch San Francisco Police Department Can't Stop Homicides

San Francisco Police Department Can't Stop Homicides

By John Geluardi The president of the San Francisco police union is claiming city cops have little or nothing to do with the city’s rising homicide rate. In fact, he says it’s everybody else’s fault. It’s silly to expect police…
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News, The Bizarro Endorsement

The Bizarro Endorsement

YouTube may be only 2 years old, but public officials should have gotten the memo by now: From the moment they step out the front door in the morning, every single thing they say and do may be videotaped, stuck…
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