Police Chief George Gascon will be The City’s next district attorney at least until an election in November, furthering a snowball effect of interim appointments.
Gascon has served as SFPD's chief since August 2009, after leaving his post as police chief of Mesa, Ariz. During his career in The City, he has pushed the use of Tasers and worked to overhaul a Police Department policy on disclosing misconduct during criminal trials. Read More
Hundreds of cases investigated by the Police Department could potentially be dismissed because 75 active and 20 former employees have misconduct issues that might impugn the credibility of their past testimonies.A six-month investigation stemming from revelations of improper management at the SFPD’s crime lab revealed that more than 3 percent of the department’s roughly 2,260 employees should have been required to disclose past wrongdoings whenever they were called to court. Read More
San Francisco Police Chief George Gascón announced that crime in The City was down 8 percent in 2010 from 2009, and violent crime dropped 4 percent.
There were 50 homicides last year, up from 45 in 2009, yet still the second-lowest total since the 1960s. Among big cities, San Francisco had the fewest homicides per capita at 0.059 compared to New York City (0.063) and Los Angeles (0.074). Read More
In the aftermath of cops opening fire on a knife-wielding man in a wheelchair, police Chief George Gascón said the latest officer-involved shooting shows why the department needs Tasers.
While Gascón did not flat-out say officers who shot the man in the wheelchair used excessive force, he suggested police would not have to resort to firing their guns if they had a better alternative. Read More
Video of police shooting a man who was sitting in a wheelchair was released Tuesday night after Chief George Gascón answered questions about the second officer-involved shooting in as many weeks. Read More
San Francisco Police released a video of an officer involved shooting that occurred Tuesday morning.The video, shot by a passerby using an iPhone, depicts what happened during an altercation between police and a wheelchair-bound man. Read More
The death of a man killed by San Francisco police inside a Portola neighborhood home Wednesday is the third fatal officer-involved shooting this year — and also the third involving confrontations with the mentally ill inside their homes. Read More
Police Chief George Gascón is preparing the department for a raucous New Year’s Eve in San Francisco.So, how will police manage to monitor all the nightlife hotspots while cutting down on overtime, as Gascón has told officers will be the case this holiday season?We’ll tell you more Thursday after Gascón holds a 10:30 a.m. press conference at the Hall of Justice.email@example.com Read More
Bringing on civilians and volunteers to do police work is one of the only ways to prevent rising police salaries and benefits from bankrupting cities, police Chief George Gascón argues in a paper published last week.
Gascón had been writing the paper with Harvard researcher Todd Foglesong for months. It was published by a U.S. Department of Justice project that is attempting to shape the future of law enforcement. Read More
The San Francisco Examiner predicts what The City’s leaders, losers, and movers and shakers want from Santa.Who: George GascónHoliday wish: A hair stylist Read More