SFPD Officers Committed Perjury in Reporting Drug Busts, Public Defender Claims

Categories: Crime, Law & Order

Lawyers at the San Francisco Public Defender's Office today accused multiple police officers of committing perjury by falsely describing drug busts they conducted in written police reports.

At a press conference, deputy public defenders Tal Klement and Anne Irwin showed video taken by surveillance cameras during separate drug raids in December and January at the Henry Hotel, a residential hotel on Sixth Street's skid row.

In both instances, the defense attorneys said, the police officers failed to get consent from the apartment-dwellers before conducting warrantless searches for narcotics.

The officers also misrepresented their searches in later police reports, the lawyers said, claiming they had secured consent beforehand when, in fact, they hadn't. Since these reports are written under oath, this was tantamount to perjury, according to Public Defender Jeff Adachi.

"We are talking about a violation of constitutional rights and officers who lied about violating those rights," Adachi said, adding that he had already raised his concerns about police misconduct with District Attorney George Gascón. "We're asking for a complete investigation. Perjury is a crime. It is a felony."

That investigation might be complicated, however, by the fact that Gascón was police chief when both incidents took place.

Four officers were involved each time; two officers, Richard Yick and Arshad Razzaq, were involved in both incidents. While thesearches uncovered large amounts of heroin, cases against the defendants were dismissed by a judge and dropped by prosecutors, respectively, after the video footage surfaced.

You can read the police report on the December search here and on the January search here.

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Welcome to the GESTAPO 911 age.

Ironically, I had MSNBC on in the background as I read this. The cop on the program said he quit working at the jail because he couldn't stomach seeing 200-300 people being shipped off to jail EVERYDAY. Then he asked, "How did the numbers get so high?"


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So, Peter,

You gonna do a professional piece of research regarding Chiu's roots at Grassroots or you just gonna reprint my research and insult me again? I'm really looking forward to seeing what you turn out on this.

Go Giants!



Cops call it "testilying" and it happens everyday. It is not thought to be unethical, at least among that band of brothers, because, you know, they're guilty anyway and prosecution is just a formality.

I don't know why the ACLU is all crazy about surveillance cameras - I mostly see them exonerating people and catching cops in shenanigans like this.

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