FBI Steps into SFPD Misconduct Case

Friday, Mar 4, 2011  |  Updated 2:15 PM PDT
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Surveillance video of SF PD officers.

Surveillance video of SF PD officers.

The FBI says it is stepping into a alleged police misconduct case in San Francisco.

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi released videos earlier this week he claimed proves San Francisco officers violated suspects' constitutional rights during two busts at a South of Market residential hotel around Christmastime.  A third

Adachi said the videos prove officers lied in police reports and in court.

San Francisco police held a news conference Friday afternoon to discuss the claims.

A total of six officers are accused of the misconduct. Police Lt.  Troy Dangerfield told BCN that the officers involved in the accusations haven't been  placed on administrative leave, but instead, "They've been reassigned to a  non-public contact assignment, because they are just allegations at this  point."
   
San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon, who was police chief at the time of the incidents, said at a news conference Wednesday that the videos "gives us great cause for concern."
   
Given Gascon's ties to the Police Department, Adachi had called  for an outside agency like the state attorney general's office to investigate  the case, but Gascon said he saw "absolutely no reason why I should recuse  myself" from the case.

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