David Onek strikes out at San Francisco DA opponents for hiding records 

District attorney hopeful David Onek has hit two of his opponents in the November election with one shot.

In an open letter to Calitics, Onek calls on District Attorney George Gascón to release a decade of records on SFPD officer-involved shootings. The district attorney’s office has long been the second set of eyes on such shootings, but unlike other cities, the results of those investigations have not been disclosed to the public.

Gascón and his office’s director of administration, Paul Henderson, refused to release records spanning 2000 to 2010. Henderson is also expected to run for district attorney in November.

The original public records request came from KALW’s Informant, which was also critical of the decision to withhold the documents.

Onek said refusing to release that information “breeds distrust” among community members:

“In all officer-involved shootings, the DA’s office conducts an independent review to determine if there is criminal liability. If such liability is found, the DA presses charges, which are public. But when the DA determines that there is no liability, it is equally important that the DA publicly explain the reasons for its decision.

“As such, the District Attorney’s office should issue a very detailed report on every officer-involved shooting in which it does not file charges and should make the report publicly available on its website. The report should detail the facts, the law and the reasons for the decision not to file charges.”


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