We've asked officials at the SFPD and at the City Attorney's office
whether Makaveckas would still receive a pension if convicted of using
his position to extract bribes. We'll fill you in when we hear back.
Last June, SF Weekly's Ashley Harrel wrote about Makaveckas' 36-year
SFPD career -- a tenure that seemed to sometimes tread on the wrong side of the thin
In 1991, fellow narcotics officer Alfred De La Cerda filed a $5 million
lawsuit against the San Francisco Police Department, claiming that
other officers tipped off drug dealers about raids, accepted payoffs for
protection, and, in some cases, dealt drugs themselves.
The suit stated that Makaveckas had a close relationship with Dennis
Chan Lai, a "major convicted cocaine dealer," according to the San
Francisco Chronicle. At Lai's drug trial, Makaveckas even appeared as a
character witness, court records show.
According to the District Attorney's office, Makaveckas spent his final two years as a cop systematically shaking down aspiring cabbies:
Makaveckas accepted bribes from taxi cab driver applicants in exchange for
giving them a passing grade on a written examination that was required for
a taxi driving permit. During this period of time Makaveckas was a San
Francisco Police Officer who was in charge of administering and grading the
written examination. It is alleged that Hancock assisted Makaveckas by
being the middle man in the transactions. Hancock is also alleged to have
been the operator of a taxi cab driving school. The taxi driver applicants
allegedly would pay Hancock the bribe money which he would then turn over
to Makaveckas. It is alleged that Makaveckas ensured that those who paid
the bribe money would not be failed on the written test.
Makaveckas pleaded not guilty to all charges, posted $160,000 bail, and was released from custody. He's scheduled to appear in court Dec. 2.
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