The head of the national crime lab accreditation organization that audited the San Francisco Police Department’s lab last year said it will accommodate a new department request to review its entire operations, but not until next year.
Police Chief Greg Suhr told the Police Commission last week that he had invited the North Carolina-based American Society of Crime Lab Directors to return to review the DNA lab, which has come under media scrutiny recently. Read More
Sealed court records discussing a memo critical of the Police Department’s DNA testing lab have been made public, offering harsh assessments of the technician who now runs the lab and of the department’s failure to reveal the memo during lab re-accreditation.The SF Weekly published the transcript Monday, provoking anger from the office of former police chief and current District Attorney George Gascón. Read More
San Francisco police are abandoning their long-standing protocol for police lineups and photo spreads in favor of a new policy designed to reduce misidentifications, a move supported by the district attorney and public defender. Read More
The former police chief who was appointed district attorney received the confidence of voters Wednesday when preliminary ranked-choice results gave him the win with 63.6 percent of the vote, according to the Elections Department. Read More
Incumbent District Attorney George Gascón appeared to be on his way to the first election victory of his career as unofficial results late Tuesday gave him a significant lead.
Gascón led the field, according to preliminary results from the Elections Department. Trailing him were UC Berkeley law professor David Onek and Alameda County prosecutor Sharmin Bock. Read More
A huge drop in narcotics arrests citywide does not seem to have affected the overall rate of violent crime in The City, which has some observers calling into question traditional police philosophy linking drug activity and violence.
Police statistics show a 25 percent drop in drug arrests this year over last, and a 6 percent decrease in overall violent crime. Drug arrests in 2010 were 39 percent off 2009 totals, while violent crime dropped 3 percent that year. Read More
While old-fashioned bullying remains a problem in area schools, especially for LGBT teens, tormenters are increasingly relying on the Internet and mobile phones to harass their victims. Read More
San Francisco bank tellers can breathe easier now that a plaid-clad serial robber with a violent past is locked up, prosecutors said.
Soon after being let out of prison, career criminal Donald Booth, 68, allegedly robbed four banks in the Financial District, District Attorney George Gascón said at a news conference Tuesday. The heists happened from June 10, 2010, to Oct. 6 of this year, he said. Read More
Like my mother yelling and ringing a cowbell at my basketball games, supporters of Ed Lee may have gone a bit overboard.
Reports have surfaced that folks who want to see Lee elected mayor in November set up tables in Chinatown where they marked — or instructed people on how to mark — mail-in ballots for Lee. Read More
Two drug-related police scandals inadvertently have helped The City prepare for an influx of inmates under the state’s recently implemented prison realignment plan.
The inmate population at San Francisco’s jails dropped sharply in early 2010 after the Police Department’s drug lab scandal came to light and again this year after allegations began surfacing about police misconduct during drug raids at residential hotels, Sheriff’s Department statistics show. Read More