The conviction of a former San Francisco police officer is being called “unjust” by an online group that’s also raising money for the former officer, who was recently sentenced to 14 months in federal prison for illegal searches and lying on police reports.
Arshad Razzak, a 19 year veteran of the force, was convicted in January 2015 for illegally taking part in searches in the Henry Hotel at Mission and Sixth streets and falsifying police reports.
At his sentencing last week, 44-year-old Razzak apologized to his family and friends after being chastised by the judge.
“The betrayal of public trust by a sworn police officer is extraordinarily serious,” said U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg of San Francisco. Seeborg called the 2010 illegal searches “a brazen violation of the Fourth Amendment rights” to be free of unreasonable search and seizure.
The online crowdfunding campaign titled “Officer Down!!!” has already raised $1,600 and hopes to raise a total of $50,000 to help Razzak’s family. Razzak, who is now working as an Uber driver, was fined $12,500 by the court.
Those behind the page say Razzak was unjustly convicted.
“Razz was wrongfully convicted in a federal trial, resulting from an entry into a room at the Henry Hotel on 12/23/2010,” notes the campaign’s initiator Teri Seago on the page.
Seago, a civilian SFPD police service aide, told the San Francisco Examiner in an email that the FundRazr page was started Thursday.
In her post on the page, she called the conviction “unjust” and a “tragedy.”
“Let’s all come together and help this fine man and his family. If you work as a police officer, just remember that the same thing could happen to any one of us, at any time. If you are not a police officer, please think about how Razz put his life on the line every day for 19 years to protect the good people of San Francisco,” wrote Seago. “Razz and his family need us right now. Please join me in helping to ensure his beautiful family has a roof over their heads, and food on the table.”
One of the contributors, who gave $500, has the same name as an officer who allegedly shot and killed Jessica Williams in May in the Bayview: Justin Erb.
Bay City News Service contributed to this report.