A wheelchair-bound man shot by San Francisco police earlier this month has retained an attorney for a possible police brutality lawsuit against The City. While a claim has yet to be filed, San Francisco attorney Eric Safire said he is determining whether to file a lawsuit on behalf of his client, Randal Dunklin. He said the incident has elements similar to the shooting of a prone man at the Fruitvale BART Station in 2009. Read More
The man who took police on a wild car chase that killed a San Francisco cop, then laughed about the stunt while in jail, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Tuesday. Read More
Three days after she was sworn in as the first Indian-American elected to statewide office, Attorney General Kamala Harris backed a state agency that denied a Sikh man a job because of his beard.
When Trilochan Singh Oberoi applied to be a corrections officer in March 2005, he completed a written test and was offered a job contingent on passing a vision test, a physical abilities test, a background investigation, a psychological evaluation and a pre-employment medical exam. Read More
A woman calls police because she is the victim of a domestic violence incident. Police arrive, but the attacker accuses the woman of being the aggressor. Unable to sort out blame, police arrest both people.
Charges are dropped against the woman, but because of a new federal program that The City has been forced to participate in, her fingerprints are sent through a federal database. Read More
The San Francisco Police Commission is accepting applications for a new chief of police through Feb. 2. It hopes to have a new chief in place by April, which could give the potential candidate only eight months on the job.The position opened this month when George Gascon accepted a move to district attorney after Kamala Harris was sworn in as state attorney general. Read More
Serving under then-District Attorney Kamala Harris, Paul Henderson was a high-ranking attorney in the prosecutor’s office and a potential candidate to be appointed to fill her vacancy when she left her term early to serve as the state’s attorney general.
But before leaving the Mayor’s Office, Gavin Newsom surprised many by appointing police Chief George Gascón as district attorney instead. Read More
I really have to hand it to former Mayor Gavin Newsom. In his last week in office, he engineered San Francisco’s first Chinese-American mayor and first Hispanic district attorney. You can bet he will be bragging about this in between sharpening pencils and playing solitaire as lieutenant governor. Read More
After only 17 months as San Francisco’s police chief, George Gascón managed to make staffing changes, reorganize the department, slash overtime and reduce crime. But now many wonder how, as the city’s newly appointed top prosecutor, he will transform the District Attorney’s Office. Read More
To all the voters who elected Jerry Brown governor, and Kamala Harris attorney general, at the campaign-financed behest of teacher unions, other public employee unions and the SEIU — and/or based upon misguided ideology — it will be too late for self-inflicted voter remorse when California finally crashes with Brown and the Democratic Legislature behind the wheel in the driver’s seat of their joy ride. Read More
Outgoing Mayor Gavin Newsom tapped police Chief George Gascón to replace Kamala Harris as district attorney Sunday, in a surprise selection that apparently materialized just a day earlier. Read More