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 Jeff Adachi for "slandering" local cops.
For starters, he tells readers that Adachi, who lost his bid for mayor two weeks ago, was abusing his power when making "egregious and unfounded claims" against these Mission station cops, who he has accused of police misconduct. Adachi released a series of video surveillance showing what he says are cops committing theft while conducting routine investigations. What's more, he alleges these officers lied on their police reports to cover up the crimes.
"We question how Mr. Adachi, as the elected public defender of San Francisco, and an officer of the court, can so readily and flippantly abandon the most fundamental tenant [sic] of American justice; that all accused are innocent until proven guilty," Delagnes writes.
When we called Adachi to get his feelings on this, he released a chuckle and returned fire.
"They are obviously threatened," Adachi told us when we asked about the
slander allegations. "It's disturbing to see, at least by Mr. Delagnes,
the blanket denial that there is anything wrong, given the evidence
But in all seriousness, Adachi said he hasn't yet convicted anyone; he's simply presented evidence -- which is being investigating by both the FBI and the San Francisco Office of Citizen Complaints. SFPD officers are still under investigation
for alleged misconduct during plainclothes drug searches that led to
more than 100 cases being thrown out in superior court earlier this year.
Adachi released the first set of videos earlier this year and again as recently as a week before Election Day, which he says showed stealing money and engaging in other misconduct while conducting investigations. Each time, the surveillance footage, which Adachi cleverly dubbed Police, Lies, and Videotape, was released to the media.
"Mr. Delagnes says there is nothing wrong, and he can vouch for these
officers, in light of the evidence we presented that has given the
federal government a reason to investigate," Adachi told us. "This is about ensuring instances of police misconduct are acted upon and taken seriously."
Now, it's up to the Police Commission to decide.