SFPD discipline cases get more transparent, but still leave out names

An officer allegedly had sex with a 15-year-old, another officer was convicted of statutory rape and lied to investigators to hide it; a third came to work drunk. A fourth was convicted of a felony.

Such were the cases where disciplinary action was taken by San Francisco Police Commission in the first part of this year.

In the past cases like these may have gone before the commission, but the public had little knowledge about the allegations.

The level of detail given in these cases is a new step under the police commission’s current President Suzy Loftus. She told The San Francisco Examiner she wants to give the public as much information as can legally be divulged in the disciplinary process.

“This amount of detail is allowable, and I asked for it and that is why we got it,” said Loftus, who noted these were the first disciplinary cases where action was taken under her presidency.

Every quarter the San Francisco Police Commission, tasked with administratively disciplining police officers in all cases that warrant serious punishment, report the number and type of cases they handle.

Often those cases involve violations of Department General Orders, which govern police conduct.

In the first four months of 2015, the four cases mentioned above were the total dealt with by the commission. Those cases included three that ended in resignation and a fourth that was returned to Chief Greg Suhr to be handled administratively.

Recent cases in which police commission took action

While the names of the officers cannot be released by law, the result of their discipline and the administrative offenses they were charged for have been made public:

— The first officer, who was alleged to have violated three department general orders, was charged with being wanted on a felony arrest warrant, having sex with an underage juvenile, giving that juvenile alcohol and using his status to avoid arrest and questioning. That officer resigned and his case was filed in 2013. While the commission didn’t release the officer’s name, according to media reports a 37-year-old San Francisco police officer named Richard Hastings was arrested in 2013 for molesting a 15-year-old boy in Concord.

—The second officer who faced serious charges and allegedly violated three general orders was charged with the following: allegedly contacting a minor in order to commit a felony, committing statutory rape, lying about the existence of his daughter in order to conceal that fact, lying to an Internal Affairs officer; engaging in prohibited relations with a felon and failing to return a seized ID from a citizen. He also resigned and his case was filed in 2013.

— The third officer’s case was brought to the commission in 2014. The officer, who was convicted of a felony, wasn’t named by the commission. However, according to media reports, Officer Arshad Razzak in January was convicted of four felony counts related to his federal corruption trial.

n The fourth officer who faced discipline for coming to work drunk, and whose case was finalized by the commission, had his case sent back to the chief for discipline. His case was opened in 2014.

All discipline cases that result in a 10-day suspension or less are handled by the chief, while discipline cases with a higher degree of punishment are arbitrated by the commission.

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