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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Public Defender Jeff Adachi Takes on Police Chief Jeff Godown ... in the Press

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 4:08 PM

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Public Defender Jeff Adachi is good at a lot of things -- well great, actually, but he is especially talented at riling up the SFPD, maybe even more so than former District Attorney Kamala Harris.

As evidenced by this morning when Police Chief Jeff Godown called his own press conference to ward off those negative comments Adachi made about the department after a judge dismissed a drug case yesterday, alleging police misconduct. 

In short, Godown defended his cops, essentially saying that dismissing that drug case was a crock. But then a few hours later, Adachi fired off his own terse response to Godown's response.

"Chief Godown should read the transcript of his
officers' testimony before saying that they did nothing wrong," Adachi says in a statement.

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Adachi went on to say that "illegal searches and fabricating police reports" are systematic problem at the SFPD.

And he doesn't stop there. The public defender says it's unclear why the chief of police will not agree to a zero-tolerance policy for officers who lie under oath.

"Chief Godown is relatively new and must come to terms that there is a

crisis on his hands. The people of San Francisco deserve solutions, not

denials," Adachi says.


Godown, it's your turn.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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